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Philadelphia, Nov. 25, 1904.
To the Editor:
—It is with regret that I notice in The Journal, November 19, an article with the above title. During my service of nearly three years as senior coroner's physician of Philadelphia, I made thirty-three autopsies on those whose death resulted from abortion produced (1) accidentally, (2) by their own hands, or (3) by others for money. Since May of the present year there have been eighteen different persons brought to the bar of justice by the proper authorities for performing criminal abortion, and there are a number of others suspected of carrying on this nefarious business who are now under police surveillance or whose records are being looked up by a committee recently appointed by the Philadelphia County Medical Society to aid the proper officials in collecting evidence against, and in securing the conviction of, criminal abortionists.With this short preface, and now
Cattell HW. The Propriety, Indications and Methods for the Termination of Pregnancy.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(27):2044-2045. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500270038012