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INFAMY, public disgrace or loss of character. Infamy oc cupied a prominent place in Roman law, and took the form of a censure on individuals pronounced by a competent authority in the State. Such a censure involved disqualification for certain rights both in public and in private law. In English law infamy as a cause of incompetency was abolished by 6 & 7 Vict. c. 85. The same has occurred in most of the codes which followed the Roman law in this relation, e.g., the Spanish penal code of 1848.

The word "infamous" is used in a particular sense in the Eng lish Medical Act of 1858, which provides that if any registered medical practitioner is judged by the General Medical Council, after due enquiry, to have been guilty of infamous conduct in any professional respect, his name may be erased from the medical register. The General Medical Council are the sole judges of whether a practitioner has been guilty of conduct infamous in a professional respect, and they act in a judicial capacity, but an ac cused person is allowed to appear by counsel.

See Pratt v. British Medical Association, 1919, 1. K.B. p. 27o and cited cases. As to dentists, see the Dentists Act, 1921, establishing a dental board.

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