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February 20, 1897

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS TO PHYSICIANS SHOULD BE PRIVILEGED.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(8):374. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440080040009

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Abstract

Dr. F. L. Hall of Perry, Ill., a member of the Legislature from the 34th District, January 27 introduced into the Legislature the following bill:

A BILL  For an act to provide for secrecy in communications between physicians and patients in suits at law or in chancery where the patient is a party in interest to such suit.Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That no person duly authorized to practice as a physician or surgeon shall be compelled or permitted as a witness in the trial of any cause at law or in chancery in this State wherein his patient is a party in interest to such cause, to disclose any information which may be acquired in advising or attending any patient in a professional character, and which information was necessary to enable him to advise or

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