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January 20, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(3):199. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510300033009

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There is no limit to the extremes to which the professed well-wishers of the race will go. A little while ago we noticed the recommendation of a reforming woman to kill off the incurables, and now comes another one who advises murder of the children of the slums lest they should grow up to future poverty and misery. Perhaps, however, the most notable moral aberration is that of the distinguished ex-Harvard professor, Charles E. Norton, who comes out boldly for making away with the so-called hopelessly insane, diseased or injured. Professor Norton is a sort of an esthete, and morals and esthetics do not always coincide, in spite of theories. In fact, we have learned to be somewhat suspicious of the moral convictions of those who profess to cultivate the esthetic sense to any extreme, and Professor Norton is apparently not an exception. While his published letter may give some

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