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April 2, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(14):433. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411180025007

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This subject, naturally revolting, has been neglected by the profession, to a very great degree, but the increase in the number of crimes, directly traceable to its influence, which the public press is called upon to record, makes some attention to it almost imperative.

The Mitchell-Ward affair in Memphis has brought this matter in a most forcible light before the public. The suicide of Dr. Breedlove, whose perverted love for another man was unrequited, has also attracted much attention. Such cases of sexual perversion can be quite readily explained, and the laity can understand them, although it is difficult to show them that such cases are not necessarily the results of evil habits, voluntarily entered into, and willfully pursued.

If to these the famous case of "Jack the Ripper" be added, and a single category made to contain them, the generalization is too sweeping for the mind, unfamiliar with these

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