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October 3, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(14):382-383. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391130018006

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About a year ago, a paper on "Euthanasia" was read by Dr. Henry Leffman before the Medico-legal Society of Philadelphia. The author of the paper did not express any decided opinion for or against this rather euphemistic term for what may be called professional murder; the paper was read to provoke discussion rather than for the purpose of drawing any conclusions. In the Medical Record, of September 19, is a leading editorial article on this subject, in which the writer seems to take the ground that professional opinion is not yet in so advanced a state as to decide the matter in all cases; that the practice would have to be under legal restraint; and that " the further settlement of this question depends on the growth of public opinion. We cannot hasten it. For the present, the guide of each man must be his own conscience."

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