Of the Influence of Time and Place in Matters of Legislation

Jeremy Bentham

Chapter 3, Footnote #01

Dr Hunter used to relate the anecdote of a surgeon, wbo having to operate on a fractured hand, and having cut off four fingers, afterwards cut of the fifth, which was uninjured. Hunter asked his reason for so doing. ``Because'', said he, ``if this little finger had been left, it would have looked ridiculous.'' This anecdote may serve as an apologue for many operators in legislation.

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