October 19, 1964

Let There Be No Question of Witches

JAMA. 1964;190(3):253. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070160077030

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To the Editor:—  In the Aug 17, 1964, issue of The Journal (vol 189, adv p 78), the section From Other Pages describes the opposition of a 16th-century physician, Johann Weyer, to the prevailing attitudes about witchcraft. Actually, opposition came much earlier. It is not widely known that King Koloman, the Bookish, of the Arpad dynasty of Hungary, who ruled in the 12th century, disposed of a trial against a woman accused of witchcraft by the following sentence: "De strigis vero quae non sunt ne ulla questio fiat." [Let there be no question of witches, who do not exist.] To my knowledge, nobody has ever expressed a more clear-cut opinion on this subject.

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