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July 26, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):203-204. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480300027010

Sir Henry Thompson3 has compiled the statistics of cremation, as he has been able to obtain them, largely from the reports and speeches of M. Saloman and Bourneville at the annual meeting of the Paris Society for the Propagation of Incineration. It appears from these that this method of disposal of the dead is increasing in favor throughout the civilized world. New crematories are being constantly added to those already existing and the method has been introduced into ultra-Catholic countries like Spain where the influence of the church has been against it. and in Russia, where similar conditions exist, the government proposes to make it legal. In this country the largest number of cremations occur in San Francisco, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows' fraternity, in whose establishment between six and seven hundred bodies were burned in 1901, or nearly as many as those in all Germany and more