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January 23, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(4):179-180. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440040035008

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During the past week the newspapers of the whole world have made the most of the sensational escapades of an evidently mentally unbalanced woman of American birth, married to a titled foreigner. The public, that is that part of it that enjoys social scandals and to which the scandal-mongers cater in their publication, does not probably read between the lines of the misled woman's interviews the evident symptoms of want of mental balance that are so clearly suggested to any one accustomed to the vagaries of those who are on or over the borderland of insanity. The scandal in itself is not such an unusual one so far as the immoral element is concerned in the class to which this particular delinquent has allied herself— according to a popular English novelist recently deceased, irregularities of a certain sort are the special privilege of the aristocracy—but in this particular case the

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