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September 20, 1902

CRIMINAL ABORTION.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(12):706. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480380042011

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Abstract

It is unfortunately too common an event for the physician to have to do in some way or other with criminal abortion. He may be directly asked to commit or to assist the crime for one of his patients. He may, if unwary, be led to do something unwittingly that may aid it, or he may be entrapped into a situation that puts him in a decidedly bad light before the law, though actually innocent of any real wrongdoing. Many young physicians and some older ones, from lack of knowledge or of due precautions, have found themselves in situations, the possible outcomes of which were not quite pleasant to contemplate. If the patient did well, all was right, but if not, very serious charges might result and all without any real crime or evil intent. In the July issue of the Medical Critic, Dr. Frederick Griffith writes on this theme,

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