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March 9, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(10):852. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.82970450009013a

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Blood Tests for Alcohol: Experiments Performed in Court.—  The defendant was charged with manslaughter and drunken driving in violation of the California penal and vehicle codes. From a judgment of conviction, she appealed to the district court of appeals, 2d district, division 3 of California.An automobile driven by the defendant collided with another, killing its driver. The defendant was taken to a hospital where she consented to a blood alcohol test to determine the percentage of alcohol in her blood. Four hours after the accident, a blood sample was taken by a hospital physician, who later testified that this was the first blood sample she had ever taken for the purpose of a blood alcohol test. She testified that the defendant's arm was wiped with a sponge containing either alcohol or tincture of Zephiran, an antiseptic alcohol, the syringe needle was inserted, and 30 cc. of blood was withdrawn

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