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August 3, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;115(5):388. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810310046013

CONSULTATION SERVICE BY MAIL  A recent opinion by the department of justice of Pennsylvania, published in the July issue of the Pennsylvania Medical Journal,1 provides an interesting point of view regarding medical consultation by mail. In 1939 a Pennsylvania law was passed requiring an applicant for a marriage license to submit a statement from a duly licensed physician of the commonwealth certifying that the applicant is not infected with syphilis or, if infected, is not in a stage of the disease which is likely to become communicable. Any applicant having been denied a physician's statement may appeal to the department of health for a review of his case and the department may, after appropriate investigation, issue or refuse to issue a certificate in lieu of the required physician's certificate. To facilitate the review of such a case on appeal, the department of health proposed to utilize the facilities of