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November 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(19):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510190046012

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In his "Blithedale Romance," Hawthorne remarks that the woman reformer, in her attacks on society, has an instinctive sense of where the life lies, and is inclined to aim directly at the spot. However true or otherwise this may be in a general way, there have been striking illustrations of it of late. During the past few months an irregular medical practitioner of the sex usually called the "gentler," strongly advocated, in a meeting of her own sect, the killing off of the degenerates, and was flattered by an extensive press appreciation in the way of quotation and republication. Still more recently, a woman, a delegate to the American Humane Association, offered a resolution asking for the legalization of the murder by anesthetics of persons painfully and fatally injured, and advocated also the same for persons suffering from lockjaw, consumption and other painful and hopeless diseases. Her resolution was very

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