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October 22, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(17):1440-1441. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740690050022

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Congress of Societies Favoring Cremation  Cremation in France has made slow progress. The Catholic clergymen raise objections that do not appear to be raised in other countries, and the public shows a dislike for cremation for sentimental reasons. The medicolegalists raise the objection that it destroys evidence in regard to crime. There are very few crematories in France and these are in the large cities. Nevertheless, in recent years, some societies have been formed to create propaganda in favor of cremation, one condition of membership being that the person will provide in his will for his cremation after death. The total membership in these soceties is 3,285, a very small number in comparison with the population of France. This small group is, however, very active, and many lectures on the subject have been delivered. The president of the federation of all local branches is Professor Barrier, a former president of

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