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October 16, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(16):1315-1317. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680160063023

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Diagnosing Drunkenness by the Percentage of Alcohol in the Blood  At the Congress of Legal Medicine, Dr. Villedent discussed the diagnosing of drunkenness by the percentage of alcohol in the blood. The method has a certain amount of importance when it is desired to establish the responsibility of the author of an accident. If a pedestrian is killed by an automobilist, no witnesses being present, and if an examination of the victim's blood shows that he was in a state of complete intoxication and unable to note or heed signals, and that he simply rolled under the wheels, it is evident that the responsibility of the author of the accident will be much lessened. One can imagine many other circumstances under which it might be useful to apply some other test for drunkenness than the observation of incoordinated movements and confused speech.The percentage of alcohol in the blood has

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