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Discussion on the Obligation to Use Antitetanic Serum
The imposition of a penalty on a physician for his alleged culpability, in the death of a man injured in a factory, for not giving antitetanic serum immediately after the injury, has caused considerable stir in the profession. Any wound, however slight, may give rise to tetanus, and yet injections of antitetanic serum are not invariably given after minimal injuries. All physicians are thus exposed every day to a similar sentence. An interesting discussion developed recently at a meeting of the Academy of Medicine, following the report of the committee appointed by the academy to study the question. The chairman of the committee was Dr. Roux, and Professor Gosset was the spokesman. The committee did not assume to lay down inviolable rules for the physicians. Nevertheless, it felt that the expression of an opinion was not out of place. The preventive injection
PARIS. JAMA. 1931;96(23):1964–1965. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720490044021
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