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July 1959

The Sanctity of Life and the Criminal Law.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(1):161-162. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270070163016

Rarely does one find anyone these days courageous enough to confront head-on such problems as life, death, abortion, or euthanasia. The point of view of the author is that of a humane person, who happens to be a lawyer, rather than a strictly or even mainly legalistic approach to the innumerable problems which face man and society in the great complex maze of intertwining habits, motives, and practices which go to make up existence. This is an excellently written book, stripped largely of "legalese." It ranges over a great variety of problems which arise out of and contribute to the anxiety neuroses, which constitute one of the weightiest problems of our age. It is a book of philosophy, sociology, and religion as well as legal argument.

The difficult but important theme is simple. If men were free to follow their impulses of hatred and aggression, if they could murder at

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