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October 10, 1885

IS CRANIOTOMY UPON THE LIVING FŒTUS EVER JUSTIFIABLE?

JAMA. 1885;V(15):405-406. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391140013006

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Abstract

A distinguished teacher of obstetrics, residing in Boston, was recently visited by a delegation of Roman Catholic priests. The priests were instructors in a large theological seminary. The object of their visit was to obtain knowledge of the present status of the operation of craniotomy upon the living fœtus.

Their attention had been called to the address of Dr. S. C. Busey, before the Washington Obstetrical and Gynæcological Society, and published in the American Journal of Obstetrics, February, 1884. Dr. Busey had unqualifiedly condemned craniotomy upon the living fœtus. Modern scientific investigation supported the famous dogma of the Roman church, authoritatively proclaimed by the Theological Faculty (of Paris) many years ago,—" If it is not possible to extract the infant without killing it, it is not possible to extract it without committing mortal sin." The wisdom of the ancients was worthy of admiration.

Certain members of the Faculty of the

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