Medicine: Vaccine & the Law

The possible dangers of being vaccinated against polio, and the opposite dangers of not being vaccinated, both became legal issues last week. ¶ Palmer Lee Martin, 41, filed a $300,000 damage suit in Atlanta against the Cutter Laboratories of Berkeley, Calif, and their Atlanta distributors, charging that he caught poliomyelitis from his son, who developed the disease a week following inoculation with vaccine that contained live virus (before improved testing methods were adopted by manufacturers). The child's symptoms were mild and he made a good recovery, but the father's case was severe. Martin's suit charges that he was unable to...

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