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April 16, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(16):499-500. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411200027004

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Dr. W. A. Hammond has addressed the New York Society of Medical Jurisprudence, at its last regular meeting, on the advantages of castration as a punishment for murder. As reported in the Medical News, April 2, Dr. Hammond restricts the scope of his suggestion to the male sex. "Women have become so accustomed to the removal of the ovaries, and these organs are so much less essential to womanhood than the testicles are to manhood, that it might be necessary to substitute imprisonment for life in their case."-Female murderers are far less numerous than the males, so that this consideration is not of great moment.

Dr. Hammond seems to be serious in the matter, but he is not sanguine that the measure will be adopted in the lifetime of any of his hearers. For as it took many hundreds of years to abolish torture, and other inhumanities on the

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