Medicine: Blood Will Tell

In most states when a man is accused by an unmarried woman of having fathered her child, the judge must play Solomon; with a jury, there may be as many as 13 Solomons. Kentucky is one of the states where blood-test evidence is admissible, but not binding, and in Chicago last week Dr. Malcolm L. Barnes, 47, told the American Society of Clinical Pathologists how well the system works in Jefferson County (Louisville and environs).

The blood group (A, B, AB and O) tests cannot prove paternity, nor can they disprove it in every case, said Pathologist Barnes. If the...

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