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April 14, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(15):1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690420058019

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The Prenuptial Certificate  At the instance of Professor Pinard, who is a member (from Paris) of the chamber of deputies, a bill has been introduced which would make compulsory, before marriage, the presentation of a prenuptial certificate, attesting, after an examination by a qualified physician, that the parties to the marriage contract are not affected with any contagious or hereditary disease of a nature to be harmful to the race. This measure has been proposed by all the congresses on eugenics, and has already been introduced in some countries. The announcement of this bill was received with great approval by the medical press, but, from the time it was first presented in parliament, it has met with more or less serious opposition, and it has been withdrawn provisionally from the program of the chamber and has been returned to the committee that investigated it and presented it, for reexamination.


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