The 1942 ‘euthanasia’ debate in the American Journal of Psychiatry

  title={The 1942 ‘euthanasia’ debate in the American Journal of Psychiatry},
  author={J. Joseph},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={171 - 179}
  • J. Joseph
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • History of Psychiatry
This paper discusses and analyses three articles appearing in a 1942 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. In the first, neurologist Foster Kennedy argued that ‘feebleminded’ people should be killed (an act which he referred to as ‘euthanasia’). The rebuttal was written by psychiatrist Leo Kanner, who argued against ‘euthanasia’. An unsigned editorial discussing these positions clearly sided with Kennedy: that ‘euthanasia’ would be appropriate in some cases, and that parents’ opposition… Expand
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