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October 12, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(15):1216-1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760410060038

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Alcoholism: "Intoxication" Defined.—  The plaintiff, a guest and passenger in an automobile driven by one of the defendants, was injured in a collision. She sued the driver of the automobile and the husband of the driver, alleging that her injuries were caused by the driver's intoxication. From a judgment in favor of the plaintiff, the defendants appealed to the district court of appeal, third district, California.Definitions of "intoxication" laid down by the courts of Iowa and Mississippi were quoted by the court from 33 California Jurisprudence, page 479, note 32:"There are degrees of intoxication varying all the way from slight stimulation to complete coma. It is only at some point along the line between the two extremes that the loss of control of the mental faculties occurs. (State v. Yates, 132 Iowa 475, 109 N. W. 1005). In order for a person to be intoxicated, it is not

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