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February 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):600. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350050023

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Los Angeles, Cal Feb. 17, 1906.

To the Editor  —Articles on such subjects as that discussed by Dr. Howard A. Kelly in The Journal, February 10, usually provoke prolific discussion. Medical men are generally aware of the futility of regulation. Such movements are usually promoted for the graft, for which they afford an unequaled opportunity.Dr. Kelly's suggested remedy is very discouraging, in view of the fact that this evil has attained its present magnitude in a nation of Puritan origin, in which human belief in divine intervention is widely prevalent. Dr. Kelly's deserved reputation as a surgeon is dependent on his knowledge of pure surgical science, divested of all dogmatic tradition. Religion is a large factor in the prevention of evil; publicity and public opprobium is a still greater deterrent, but the Moses who will lead us out of the sexual wilderness must take his cue from Nature. Nature's

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