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    Volume 18, Issue 4 (October 1973)

    Blood Grouping Tests for Non-Paternity

    (Received 12 March 1972; accepted 17 April 1972)

    Published Online: 1973


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    The use of blood grouping tests in disputed paternity, filial relationship, personal identification, forensic medicine, and other medicolegal problems has become increasingly frequent in the past twenty years [1–7]. Several recent articles concerned with pitfalls and exceptions in the interpretation of the laws pertaining to this highly accurate science have appeared [8–10]. Since the major medicolegal impact is in relation to disputed paternity, this report presents a study of an additional 1000 cases in this area. The previous report in 1963 [11] emphasized the fact that only 10 percent of defendants in paternity proceedings requested blood grouping tests to substantiate their denial, whereas a statistical study indicated that approximately 40 percent of men were in fact not the fathers in the actions brought before the courts. To fail to demand a blood grouping test is indeed to disregard a most important defense, and thus fail to provide the most substantial evidence of nonpaternity.

    Author Information:

    Sussman, LN
    Attending hematologist, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, N.Y.

    Stock #: JFS10029J


    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10029J

    Title Blood Grouping Tests for Non-Paternity
    Symposium ,
    Committee E30