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November 2, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(18):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470440036006

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Opie Read, in one of the metropolitan "yellow journals," says that a New Orleans "scientist" has recently visited Chicago for the purpose of establishing a suicide resort. This humanitarian from the crescent city of the South is troubled in mind on account of the unpleasant methods adopted by suicides in getting rid of their mortal belongings, and therefore proposes to open a place where death can be had instantaneously and painlessly amid charming surroundings. The only condition is that the would-be suicide shall sign a paper giving his body to the proprietor of the establishment for the benefit of science. Then, seated in a luxurious chair, he will touch a button "and eternity does the rest." There are, according to the statement of this individual as quoted by Mr. Opie Read, twenty-three suicide clubs in the country, and the New Orleans philanthropist has sent his circulars to each, anticipating a

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