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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 2, 1998

CAUSE OF CRIMINALITY AND DEFECTIVENESS.

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JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 1998;280(21):1876A. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1876A-JJY80041-2-1

Population has increased too rapidly. . . . Too many people are heedless of all Biblical commands except "multiply and replenish the earth." The next great basic cause of crime and defectiveness is the implied inferiority of women. . . . Improvement in our race is an idle dream until woman is accorded perfect justice and placed squarely on equality with man. . . . When women can completely assert their independence there will be improvement in motherhood. Improved motherhood is the safeguard of the generation unborn.

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