January 10, 2011
The Good Old Days

The excerpt below is from Upton Sinclair’s The Goose-Step: a Study of American Education. This quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore was published in 1923, even before Roe v. Wade. A thousand dollars then would be worth $12,795.50 today.

Or maybe it is medicine the young man has studied. He has heard about the nobleness of the healing art, but he has to keep an automobile and his wife wants to get into society, and competition is keen. There is one way a physician can make a thousand dollars by a few minutes’ work, and any physician who is in touch with the leisure class has women on their knees to him every week, begging him to take their money. Dr. William J. Robinson estimates that there are a million abortions performed in the United States every year, so you see that our medical schools have not steeled all their graduates against this temptation.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 10, 2011 10:51 AM
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Thanks for this. I love Upton Sinclair! Maybe I will try to get hold of this. The Jungle is a masterpiece and one of my personal favorites.

Posted by: Tim on January 10, 2011 12:13 PM

Women of the leisure class on their knees to the doctor begging for an abortion I suppose. Mostly illegal in those days I guess. Working stiffs not so lucky I guess.

Posted by: Buck on January 10, 2011 2:02 PM
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