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May 11, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(19):1757-1759. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760190077014

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Space is not available in these editorial columns for a complete analysis of the proposed California health insurance act, which has been made by the Bureau of Legal Medicine and Legislation. However, a brief review of the proposed legislation and its method of development calls to mind a statement made by Justice Stephen of the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, in Great Britain, who said, many years ago,

... I have had on many occasions to draft Acts of Parliament, which, although they may be easy to understand, people continually try to misunderstand, and in which, therefore, it is not enough to attain to a degree of precision which a person reading in good faith can understand; but it is necessary to attain, if possible, to a degree of precision which a person reading in bad faith cannot misunderstand. It is all the better if he cannot pretend to

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