(Received 25 September 1972; accepted 4 December 1972)
Published Online: 1973
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The twentieth century has seen tremendous advances in medicine. In many instances collaborative efforts with law are needed for the maximum implementation of these. Compulsory vaccination is an example, for the applicable public health statutes designed to eliminate smallpox required a United States Supreme Court decision to establish their validity. The area of organ transplants with its attendant complicated problems concerning the moment of death, informed consent, and the right to the deceased's body is another medical field fraught with legal problems. The list is long. Added recently is concern over obtaining a new birth certificate for the transsexual who has undergone surgery to change or reassign his sex, a certificate which will reflect this change.
Assistant professor of business law, College of Business Administration and special lecturer, College of Law, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.
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