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January 15, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(3):185-186. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680290047023

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New Penal Code  The ministry of justice has proposed a new penal code with the purpose of inviting discussion before the proposal is brought before the parliament. The paragraphs that deal with sexual pathology adopt to a certain extent a novel attitude. One stipulation is the provision that homosexual relations between adults be not punishable. This attitude has been adopted because modern research in sexual pathology has shown that homosexuality is an inherited perversity for which the individual concerned is not responsible and which often results in serious disturbances in the mental make-up of that individual in case his instinct continually drives him into collisions with the law. This measure is generally considered a wise one and does not meet serious opposition. Severe measures are adopted in cases in which the persons concerned are not of age. The reason for this is that in the individuals who are on the

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