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February 21, 1903

FOOLISH LEGISLATION.

JAMA. 1903;XL(8):522. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490080040010

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Abstract

There seems to be a tendency on the part of some state legislators to propose very unjust and ridiculous laws, some of which have a medical bearing. Among them are the anti-kissing laws which have been introduced in several state legislatures within the last two or three years, and such acts as the Wemple bill, now before the New York legislature. The latter is, we think, only a repetition of what was proposed one or two years ago to prevent any operation on a female except in the presence of a near friend. The author of this bill, as the New York Tribune says, possesses a singular lack of familiarity with the requisites of success in difficult surgery. Still another that perhaps might be placed in this class is the so-called "health day" proposition in the Utah legislature, which, it is said, is proposed to be also introduced in Illinois.

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