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July 3, 1943

Medico-Legal Blood Group Determination: Theory, Technique, Practice

JAMA. 1943;122(10):714. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840270072035

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This small volume fulfils the promise of the title. It is divided into three sections. The first gives a brief but clear picture of the present day knowledge of the A, B, O and M, N systems of blood groups and types, including the inheritance, distribution in tissues other than blood and the principles of medicolegal application. Section two describes in considerable detail the technic of the author for paternity tests and for blood and secretion stains. It is based on the capillary tube technic of Wright. In the last section (the largest of the three) the results in sixty-five paternity tests with ten exclusions and records of studies of blood, semen and saliva stains in fifteen criminal investigations are presented. Proposed bastardy bills and an interesting report of a committee of the House of Lords on the bastardy bill should be read by those who are interested in passage

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