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June 5, 1954

Medical Jurisprudence.

JAMA. 1954;155(6):617. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690240083038

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This book was originally written in 1942 by Rhodes, Gordon, and Turner. After the second edition was published in 1945, Dr. Rhodes died and Mr. Price, an attorney, replaced him. This, the third edition, has a new publisher and about 500 pages of new material. Over 200 pages discuss problems not covered in preceding editions, including material under the headings of unprofessional conduct, contracts and medical insurance, delicts and the practitioner, crimes and the practitioner, the public duties of medical practitioners, evidence, and the expert witness. Some specific topics in this new material are artificial insemination, sterilization, sale of a medical practice, restrictive covenants in partnership contracts, and the importance of physicians' records. There is a much expanded section on the medicolegal aspects of alcoholic intoxication that covers the development of chemical tests for intoxication and a more thorough discussion of the use of blood grouping tests in disputed paternity

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