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June 14, 1890

THE CREMATION OF THE INSANE.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(24):870-871. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410240026005

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Abstract

Most of our readers, it is to be hoped, are acquainted with Charles Lamb's "Dissertation on Roast Pig," and will remember the account he gives of the origin of that savory dish in the accidental burning of a Chinaman's dwelling, in which, as in later times was the custom in the Emerald Isle, quadrupeds and bipeds shared together the comforts of a home. In consequence of this accidental discovery, conflagrations became surprisingly frequent, and rates of insurance in the Flowery Kingdom rose to an alarming figure, until in the lapse of ages, it occurred to some genius that the same end could be attained by cheaper means, and the differentiation of the dwelling-house and the culinary fire was accomplished. It may, perhaps, be worth while to consider whether the time is not ripe for a similar division in the arrangements for the disposal of a class of the population which

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