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March 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(9):802. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520350060011

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With the present winter sessions of the state legislatures we may look for proposals for irrational and impracticable laws. Some such measures have already been announced. We hardly expect homicide of incurables to come up again—this year at least—as the verdict of public opinion has been so pronounced against it. We may, however, include under the general head of "freaks" such propositions as one to prevent the propagation of degeneration by surgery, and one to compel physicians and surgeons to go "whiskerless' and beardless. It would only be a step further to require them to be bald. Some persons are so organized that they can not help going to extremes. If we are to credit the press, laws are being considered in a western state that will compel each county clerk to publish quarterly a list of physicians, with the numbers of deaths that have occurred under their charge; another

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