March 10, 1934


JAMA. 1934;102(10):796. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750100062036

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Compensation of Physicians: Liability of Husband When Credit Extended to Wife.—  The plaintiff rendered medical services to the wife of the defendant. The plaintiff testified that he entered on his account book a charge against the wife. Two payments were made on the account, both by the wife. When the wife made no further payments, the physician sued her husband and secured judgment in the trial court. The husband appealed to the Supreme Court of Ohio.Medical services are necessaries, said the Supreme Court. While in years gone by the courts of Ohio and other States were inclined to hold that the marriage relation created an unconditional liability on the part of the husband for necessaries furnished the wife, the law in its wisdom, as women gradually entered man's former sphere, relaxed its requirement so far as the husband was concerned. It shifted some of the responsibility from his shoulders

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