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October 26, 1935


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Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, N. J.

JAMA. 1935;105(17):1370-1371. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760430060025

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To the Editor:—  In March 1935 Governor Lehman signed a bill granting authority to the courts of New York State to order blood tests in certain cases, such as those involving alleged paternity and interchange of babies. A similar bill in the state of Wisconsin, sponsored by myself, passed both houses and was signed by Governor La Follette in August 1935 (758A, chapter 351, Laws of 1935).My object in this communication is to put on record in the columns of The Journal certain features of the Wisconsin law that may prove helpful to those interested in sponsoring similar legislation in other states.In the first place, this bill distinctly states that in cases of disputed paternity the court may order that "the complainant, her child, and the defendant submit to one or more blood tests to determine whether or not the defendant can be

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