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December 14, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(15):1961-1962. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980330063015

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A. M. A. MENTAL HEALTH SESSION  Psychiatry and its relation to industry, community hospitals, general practitioners, and voluntary health insurance plans highlighted an A. M. A.-sponsored conference of 102 representatives from 40 state medical associations in Chicago, Nov. 22 and 23. This fourth annual meeting of the Council on Mental Health set a new attendance record.At a dinner meeting, Dr. Frank E. Hartung, associate professor of sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, told the conferees that "all available evidence indicates that the death penalty is no deterrent to murder." He also said that women have "a wide range of homicide open to them without fear of execution," that minors are "by and large" free from the death sentence, and that because murder defendants in lower income classes generally cannot afford to hire good legal counsel, they stand a greater chance of receiving capital punishment than do others.


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