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September 24, 1892

DISCUSSION OF ELECTRICAL EXECUTION.Read in the Section of Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-third annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Detroit.Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(13):363-365. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420130007001b

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While I do not believe that the best use to which a man can be put is to kill him, yet all will agree that if the law will kill, let it kill decently. It is evident that the sentiment against hanging and in favor of some method quicker and less repulsive is strengthening and that other methods will sooner or later replace the rope everywhere. Mr. Edison while in Paris during the exposition gave his opinion so positively in regard to the efficiency of electricity that the medical section of the French Academy of Sciences aided by Marcel Duprez, a prominent electrician, have had the matter under careful investigation. There is always opposition and friction attending changes for the better, and this change has been no exception to the general rule. The whole tendency of our civilization is, however, in the direction of humane methods in dealing with criminals

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