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Medicolegal

JAMA. 1934;103(14):1095-1096. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750400063047.
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Malpractice: Failure to Administer Antitetanic Serum. —  On August 20 Mrs. Thompson stepped on a stick of wood, which turned up and inflicted a wound on the top of her foot. Home remedies were applied and in a few days the inflammation that developed after the accident seemed to have subsided. Ten days later, however, on August 30, her jaws became stiff, she had a pain in her face and neck and she was unable to swallow. She consulted the defendant-physician and told him of her symptoms and gave him a history of the injury to her foot. After examining the foot, the defendant prescribed no treatment. He negatived the fear expressed by the husband that the patient was suffering from tetanus and attributed her present condition to a cold. He advised her that if she became any worse by morning to go to a hospital. About eleven that night

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