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July 19, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(3):216-217. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820290058022

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To the Editor:—  In the Report of the Committee on Medicolegal Blood Grouping Tests, recommendation was made that the use of blood grouping tests for the exclusion of paternity be accepted by the courts throughout this country. It was pointed out, however, that it is essential that the person performing the tests should be properly qualified, as the tests are of a highly specialized nature.Unfortunately this warning has not been followed, and a number of blunders have resulted in addition to those mentioned in the report of the committee. Aside from the mistakes made by totally unqualified persons who presumed to undertake the examinations, errors have been made by four physicians who are outstanding in their own chosen fields. It seems trite to remark that a person who is experienced in one field does not qualify to perform work in a field in which he has no experience. In

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