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The Hopelessly Insane.

Richard Dewey, M.D.
JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(4):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450560034004.
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Wauwatosa, Wis., July 13, 1899.

To the Editor.  —Your journal does me an injustice in reporting a paper (Journal, xxxii, p. 105) read by me on "Contagion and Infection in Nervous and Mental Diseases," at the late meeting of the American Medico-Psychological Association in New York. Your words are, "Incidentally he advocated the somewhat radical measure of judicially ending the lives of the hopelessly insane." It would scarcely be necessary to explain that this was an error to those versed in these matters, but as many readers may be misled, I wish to say that in my paper I proposed to inquire whether various radical measures frequently advocated, among them electrocution for incurable insane, castration, etc., were practicable measures and the conclusion at which I arrived, distinctly given in my paper, was that such measures were not practicable. Please make this correction and oblige, Yours truly,


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