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December 23, 1939

La recherche de la paternité par les groups sanguins: Étude technique et juridique

JAMA. 1939;113(26):2347-2348. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800510069040

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As the title indicates, this small volume is not another presentation covering the entire field of blood groups and other individual blood differences but is concerned principally with the application of blood tests for disputed parentage. Emphasis is placed on the legal aspects in civil and criminal court actions and on the standing of the matter in various countries, statistics being given on the number of court trials in which blood tests were introduced as evidence. Of interest is the discussion of the possibility of applying Schiff's discovery that the appearance of group specific substances in secretions is governed by a single pair of genes. Also the tabulation of special cases in which conclusions can be drawn as to a child's parentage from the examination of the grandparents deserves mentioning. The book will serve less as a guide to medicolegal experts than to physicians and members of the legal profession,

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