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September 29, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(13):829-830. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460390045007

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The Supreme Court of Michigan has reversed the decision in the lower court in the Shurly case holding that the statute did not include consumption in the contagious diseases requiring compulsory report. According to press reports, the grounds for reversal are that it was beyond the power of the court to decide in the case of this particular statute what diseases are and what are not dangerous and communicable. The court holds that there is no danger line of which courts can take judicial notice, and that this was a question for the jury to decide. A new trial was therefore ordered. What will be the outcome of the future legal proceedings before a jury in this case is, of course, uncertain, but in any event it may be questioned whether the public is yet ready to have tuberculosis put on the list of notifiable diseases; at least this is

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