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March 14, 1896

MORAL INSANITY.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(11):536. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430630038007

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Abstract

Recently a very reputable medical man was convicted of a heinous crime and sentenced to prison for life. In the effort to collect facts to be used in securing pardon, the counsel discovered a most unusual life of hypocrisy. He had been cruel and harsh from boyhood. He enjoyed causing pain and suffering in others, and as a student he fairly reveled in the agony of animals in vivisections, and the pain of persons diseased. To this was added great egotism and love of personal praise. He ruined his father's property in apparent speculation. He was a bitter enemy to his brothers and sisters, and was indirectly the cause of the death of his wife, and drove his children from home. He was not miserly but was, in his inner life, thoroughly dishonest, and without the slightest conception of honor or duty to others. Yet he kept up a fair

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