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September 19, 1903

The Lust of Slander.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(12):734-735. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490310038013

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Roselle, Ill., Sept. 14, 1903.

To the Editor:  —In possible explanation of the "Leffingwell accusation," referred to in your editorial, "The Lust of Slander," in The Journal, September 12, permit me to suggest that Leffingwell has made to serve his purpose a statement which, in itself true and authenticated, does in no wise refer to vivisectors and their work. Krafft-Ebing, in his "Psychopathia Sexualis," page 84 et seq., says, in discussing sadism:In numerous cases, sadistically perverse men, that are afraid of criminal acts with human beings, or that care only for the sight of the suffering of a sensitive being, make use of the sight of dying animals, or torture animals, to stimulate or excite their lust. (Then follow some cases.) Thus, in these and similar cases, the vita sexualis is so constituted, ab origine, that the sight of blood, death, etc., excites lustful feeling.I think it very

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