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IS IT MURDER?

Deolded'y the most sensitive person of whom wo ("Albany Law Journal") have ever heard ig I}r Thwing, of the New York Mediao-Legal Society. If we are to oreditthia gentleman's own words/he is In favor of putting to death people mortally wounded, although unconscious of pain, iH their writhings ond groaninge are troublesome to him as the attending phyßlolan In a recent paper entitled "Batb«*n>Bia m A rticulio Mortis," he tells about an aged lady, a relation of his, who, m his opinion, ought to have died " within a day or two," bat was for five days speechless, comatOße, and unconscious, 81 id evidently doomed to die — sometime* " The reality of suffering I could not admit," says the dootor frankly, *• bat the appearance of it m actions purely reflex was painful to me. As her only surviving kinsman, I took the responsibility of administering a mild anesthetic" Presently his soul grew stronger, ani he took the responsibility of causing her to inhale a mixture of ohloroform and sulpliurio ether, which onused her deuth ia a quarter of an hour. At the same meeting, Dr Olark Bell told about a child two years old suffering from a disease from which there was no apparent chance of its recovery " Eminent physicians deoided that the child mutst die " Dr Bell assented 80 they tried to kill jr with morphlie, but the' obstinate lit:le villuln would not die to oxder. It lived for s veral woeks. It died In the end of marasmus. A discussion by the eooiety Jndioated that a majority agreed m disapproving of this sort of practice. Verily the dootors are a (|U9«r Jgt — r^iliiog 0$ q|4 wom« R » n d little

babies beforo ihoir t;tne to vt rify their pred otiona and save :heir sensibility, and fighting hard to keep life m those murderous demons [referring here to the nutneroHs instances m whioh American doctors support ihe plea of emotional ineanity] who hare will enough to kill their fellow creature* and not strength of miad enough to refrain from doing it«

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IS IT MURDER? Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2169, 10 July 1889

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