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MEDICOLEGAL ASPECT OF ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION

FRANCES I. SEYMOUR, M.D.; ALFRED KOERNER, M.D.
JAMA. 1936;107(19):1531-1534. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770450015004.
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The science of artificial insemination has been known for many years among animal breeders who desire pure stock. Within the last few years, however, artificial insemination among human beings has attracted quite a little attention, owing to the success attending its practice.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, the physician is bound by many legal restrictions in the practice of medicine, and, however morally certain he may feel in aiding or abetting certain acts, he must live within the legal restrictions and also comply with the dictates of society, which form the moral code of the country.

The question of the legitimacy of a child born in wedlock, as a result of artificial insemination from a donor other than the father, has not been brought to trial as yet. It is with this in mind that we are presenting this paper in the hope of answering some of the many questions asked us

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