A Duty to Kill? A Duty to Die? Rethinking the Euthanasia Controversy of 1906

  title={A Duty to Kill? A Duty to Die? Rethinking the Euthanasia Controversy of 1906},
  author={Jacob M. Appel},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  pages={610 - 634}
  • J. Appel
  • Published 8 September 2004
  • Law
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
This essay seeks to chronicle the controversy surrounding euthanasia that came to a head in the United States around 1906, and to situate that debate in a meaningful historical context. An extensive examination of newspaper coverage of the legislative proposals to legalize the practice in Ohio and Iowa reveals that (1) the discourse occurred in a context in which both supporters and opponents of euthanasia generally agreed that the practice already occurred with frequency; (2) the discussion… 

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