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Hawkins v. McGee
Citation:84 N.H. 114, 146 A. 641
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Hawkins (plaintiff) damaged his hand after an accident with an electric wire. He and his father consulted with McGee (defendant), a doctor, who assured them that Hawkin’s hand could be fixed. Specifically, McGee guaranteed that he could make Hawkins’ hand “a hundred per cent perfect hand or a hundred per cent good hand.” McGee performed the operation, which entailed grafting skin from Hawkins’ chest onto his right hand. As a result of the operation, the palm of Hawkins’ hand grew thick hair. Hawkins brought suit against McGee.
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