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November 15, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(20):1601-1602. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660200053022

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Acquittal of Dr. Hadwen  The trial of Dr. Hadwen on the charge of manslaughter at the Gloucester assizes has excited enormous public interest. Even during a momentous general election, the London press devotes to the case large headlines and many columns. In the small city of Gloucester it is the one engrossing topic. The crowd outside the court, which cheered Hadwen, was so great that a strong force of police, including mounted men, was necessary to preserve order. In opening the case, the counsel for the crown stated that the prosecution alleged that the death from diphtheria and pneumonia of a girl, aged 10 years, was due to gross inattention and want of knowledge on the part of Hadwen, who failed to detect the disease and administer the proper remedy. The defense was conducted by Sir Edward Marshall Hall, a prominent criminal lawyer. A physician who was called in on

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