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January 18, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(3):137. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430550039008

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At a recent meeting of the Chicago Medico-Legal Society several papers were read on the management of some phases of sexual aberration in criminals and degenerates, that were somewhat noteworthy both from their substance and their authorship. The first was one by Dr. F. E. Daniels, of Texas, advocating castration as a punishment for certain sexual crimes, a proposition that has been before advanced from several different quarters, as well as by his own papers, but which so far has received no general approval. The same subject was taken up or alluded to more or less fully in the communications of Dr. Hamilton D. Wey, of the Elmira reformatory, and Mr. Matt. W. Pinkerton, both in their special departments criminologists of national repute, and also by Mr. W. S. Elliott, a leading lawyer of Chicago. The general consensus of opinion of the speakers seemed to be against the views of

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