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May 18, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(20):1851-1852. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760200073036

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Hospitals: Liability for Death of Delirious Patient.—  The deceased entered the Williams Sanatorium, Inc., an institution operated for profit, for the purpose of being treated for a small cancer on his lip, Nov. 14, 1932. The treatment, rendered by Dr. Boyd Williams, the owner of the institution, was painless and Brase apparently suffered no ill effects therefrom, although he remained at the hospital. In the evening of November 15, however, Brase was found, partly dressed, attempting to get out on a porch of the hospital. The nurse who apprehended him testified that he was slightly delirious but that she had little difficulty in persuading him to return to his bed. He talked irrationally and made several attempts to rise from his bed but was restrained by two nurses. Shortly after his return to bed he became highly excited, and the two nurses testified that it was necessary for them to

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