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Forced Feeding and Medical Ethics
A woman who was the director of a large bank was arrested recently, soon after the announcement of the bank's failure, charged with swindling and fraudulent manipulations. She spent a year in jail awaiting trial and then decided, in order to secure her liberty, to refuse all food. As her physical condition became aggravated from day to day, the judge ordered her removed to the Hôpital Cochin, where she was placed in the department of Professor Achard, who subjected her to forced feeding. She resisted, continuing to argue, and the nurses had to coerce her by force. Her lawyer protested against the violent treatment she had received, and in an article in the daily press recalled the tortures of the middle ages. The judge finally granted her provisional liberty on furnishing $32,000 bail, which was supplied by her creditors. The question was raised by the
PARIS. JAMA. 1930;94(20):1613-1614. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710460067022