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June 18, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(25):1981. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680510039019

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Eight Hundred and Sixty-Six Abortions Performed by a Bessarabian Physician  The director of the state hospital in Kishenew, the capital of Bessarabia, was struck by the great number of women admitted to the gynecologic section of the hospital, with conditions pointing to preceding abortion. He asked the police to investigate, and the result was the revelation that apparently Dr. Stephan Bolinsky, a physician in Lapusna, has performed criminal abortion in a commercialistic manner. His house has been searched and secret records point to the implication that he performed criminal abortion in 866 instances. Almost all his instruments consisted of those necessary to the performance of abortion. In his office were many embryos kept in alcohol and in the cellar were found a great quantity of small bones which seem to have been derived from embryos. The physician, his midwife and his nurse have all been arrested. The disclosure has aroused

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