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December 8, 1888

FŒTICIDE AND ITS PREVENTION.Read in the Section on Medical Jurisprudence, at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May, 1888.

JAMA. 1888;XI(23):805-806. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400740013001b

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Abstract

In approaching the consideration of the subject of fœticide we are at the outset confronted by two facts, both of which possess an important significance. We first note that the highest crime—from some standpoints at least—of which criminal humanity is capable, and whose prevalence doubtless exceeds the highest estimate, is of no more judicial importance, in either treatise or statute, than when the evil was scarcely known, and motherhood was everywhere the crowning glory of woman. The second fact is little less an anomaly: that in the presence and despite the elevation, culture, refinement and, more than all else, the religious training and influences operating upon and in modern social life, that in the class of society making in all these respects the highest claims, this vice has developed, the enormity and extent of which is but feebly recognized outside the medical profession.

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