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November 8, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(19):697-698. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410450033011

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Self-murder on the Continent—Cremation -Opening of Queen Margaret College, Glasgow-Soja Biscuits for Diabetics—Housing of the Working Classes—Miscellaneous Gleanings.

From St. Petersburg comes a thrilling story of a Professor of Medicine who took poison in the very act of lecturing to his class, while in Paris the daily number of cases of self-murder is said to range from twelve to eighteen. Nor is there forthcoming any scientific explanation of the phenomenon of the sort in which the late Mr. Buckle took delight. In the spring people who are tired of life mostly drown themselves in the Seine, in the autumn they prefer to asphyxiate themselves by means of charcoal fumes. That is all the statisticians tell. The question which remains for the present unanswered is, What is the real cause of this alarming predisposition to self-murder?

Miss Graham, M.D., and Miss Baumler, M.D., former students of the

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