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May 14, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(20):1581-1582. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680460051021

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The Late Emperor and Injection  It has been believed in this country that the slightest injury to the body of a man is disrespectful to his parents. This ancient belief is passing as a modern era dawns and as medical science advances. Conservative persons, however, refuse injections even in the shadow of death. Many of them also contend that one injection, though it may relieve a temporary pain, will shorten life. This belief was probably based on the teaching of Confucius that to keep the body clean and uninjured is the first step to filial piety. The teachings of Confucius were imported into Japan early in her history and form the basis of Japanese moral standards. To injure the body of the emperor, therefore, in the past has been unthinkable. But, displaying unusual discretion in directing the affairs of the imperial family during the illness of the late emperor, the

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