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October 25, 1902

GRAVE ROBBING.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(17):1055. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480430037008

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Abstract

The newspapers have lately been full of gruesome (to use a popular newspaper term) accounts of grave robbing in Indiana. There appear to have been very extensive operations in this line and the public is naturally aroused on the subject. While there is no legal or moral defense for this kind of law-breaking, the fact that Indiana has no laws providing for legalized dissection and provision of dissection material is the real cause of the present state of affairs. Efforts that have been made to get such a law have been defeated, it is said, through the determined opposition of the undertakers, who have thus far exercised a predominent influence with the legislature as regards this matter. Yet the state of Indiana charters a medical college, and if it can get no material from lawful sources it utilizes unlawful ones. The result is necessarily demoralizing; it encourages the existence of

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