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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 28, 2006


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(24):2937. doi:10.1001/jama.295.24.2937-b

That misguided doctor in the Iowa legislature who created a newspaper furore [sic] last winter by his bill asking for compulsory killing off of incurables, threatens to introduce the same measure again, according to the newspaper press reports. It was considered a joke then, but evidently it was not so intended. The idea seems to suit a certain class in whom the moral principles are somewhat perverted or confused and the intellect more or less defective, judging from arguments brought forward in favor of the proposition. Fortunately, these individuals are few. The alleged plea that incurables are practically put out of existence in large hospitals is simply a libel on the profession and should be resented by us all as such. The state of Iowa will seriously endanger its reputation for good morals and good sense, if its legislature gives this proposition any semblance of a respectful consideration. The sixth commandment is still in force.