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December 19, 1936

BLOOD TYPING METHOD FOR DETERMINING PARENTAGE

Author Affiliations

Newark, N. J.

JAMA. 1936;107(25):2069. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770510059022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In Queries and Minor Notes in The Journal, October 31, the question is raised as to the efficiency of the blood typing method of determining parentage, together with the dependability and reliability of this method. The Pittsburgh physician also wishes to know about "the weaknesses of the method and the situations in which it is scientifically dependable and reliable."While the answer cites that the blood tests prove only nonpaternity and the admissibility of evidence of blood grouping in the recent decision of the South Dakota Supreme Court, in my opinion more can be said in support of the "dependability and reliability of these blood tests."It may, for instance, be mentioned that European courts have been using these tests for more than ten years, and Schiff collected 6,665 cases with 546 instances in which a false accusation was made. These figures, which do not include the

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