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Art and Images in Psychiatry
October 2006

The Würgengel

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2006;63(10):1066-1067. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.63.10.1066

If it is once admitted that men have the right to kill “unproductive” fellow-men—even though it is applied only to poor and defenseless mentally ill patients—then the way is open for the murder of all unproductive men and women . . . Who could then have confidence in a doctor? . . . It does not bear thinking of, the moral depravity, the universal distrust which will spread even in the bosom of the family, if this terrible doctrine is tolerated, accepted and put into practice.

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