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March 5, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(10):655-656. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490550029017

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A little while ago a distinguished educator was reported to have publicly favored destroying the weaklings in society. It was a rather remarkable and not altogether pleasant sequence, if we may judge by the published interviews, that a number of persons were found who supported the alleged views. It is of interest in this connection to note that a London physician is said to have advocated the cessation of all attempts to prevent suicide, particularly on the part of the insane, because this would make for public economy and for the general improvement of the race. The survival of the unfittest is a perennial problem of our civilization, but to our credit be it said that there are few who would be willing to have the problem evaded in the way above suggested. The higher moral considerations, we believe, will always prevail; the care of the helpless and the defective

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