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May 30, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(22):1887-1888. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720480045022

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Physicians on Trial for the Lübeck Disaster  Several previous letters have contained reports on the disaster in Lübeck, the investigation that followed and the final scientific decision in this sad affair. There remain a few statements to be added. As a result of the preliminary hearing of the cians concerned, the latter have been formally arraigned on the charge of homicide due to negligence. The accused are Obermedizinalrat Dr. Altstaedt, Prof. Dr. Deycke and Prof. Dr. Klotz. The trial will be held in May. The compensation for the persons who suffered damages by reason of the inoculations has been assumed by the senate and citizenry of Lübeck, as the result of special legislation. Testimony that, under the present circumstances, may possibly be termed heroic has been supplied by Dr. Altstaedt, one of the accused. He inoculated his own child, a week after its birth, with the B C G vaccine,

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