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November 18, 1922

Die Fruchtabtreibung Durch Gifte und andere Mittel. Ein Handbuch für Aerzte und Juristen.

JAMA. 1922;79(21):1789. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640210059033

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Abstract

In this monograph, Lewin presents the means, the methods and the reasons for the production of criminal abortion, with an epitome of the laws of most civilized countries concerning abortion. The book deals with the question from the German point of view, and slights other countries. Abortion outside of Germany is made to appear frequent, while the impression is given that it rarely occurs in that country. The first chapter discusses the influences that prompted abortion among the women of the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Facts are presented which demonstrate that the human impulses which influenced the ancients are essentially those of today. Likewise, the essential principles laid down by the ancient legislative bodies are the basic principles in the laws of modern times. Also, we are informed of the crude methods employed to interrupt pregnancy. Having covered the period up to the nineteenth century, the author passes

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