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February 13, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(7):566-567. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730330048021

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Further Progress of the Lübeck Trial  In a recent letter (The Journal, January 30, p.414), reference was made to accidents that resulted in Lübeck from the oral administration of tubercle bacilli, and to the progress of the trial being held in an effort to fix the responsibility. The taking of testimony of the experts has been practically completed. One can hardly be accused of dealing with an unsettled question if one reports on the present status of the trial; for the person who is far removed from the scene of action may lose touch with the trial, which has now lasted more than two months. The confusion is doubtless due to the fact that the apparently simple question, as to whether an unavoidable and unforeseeable accident, or negligence and a punishable technical error are involved, has been further complicated by the embarkation on discussions on the fundamental principles pertaining to

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