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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:
I am quite in sympathy with Dr. Rohé in his protest (in the current issue of The Journal) against the editorial article of February 4, under the above title. I was minded to attack it myself immediately upon its appearance, but desisted because it seemed to me that an attack would have more weight if it came first from an experienced gynecologist. But now that this attack has been made, I venture to add (and I am not a gynecologist at all) that as against the deliverance of the "legal member" of the Lunacy Committee of the Pennsylvania State Board of Charities—that neither the patient nor her friends for her can give legal consent to the operation, etc.," it may be said that neither can she, nor her friends for her, give legal consent to the disposition of her
Removal of the Ovaries, etc., in Public Institutions for the Insane.. JAMA. 1893;XX(9):258. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420360034006