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Government Lethal Chamber  
  A legal suicide booth.  

A very early reference to the idea of an automated suicide booth.

"The Government has seen fit to acknowledge the right of man to end an existence which may have become intolerable to him, through physical suffering or mental despair."
(...)
He paused, and turned to the white Lethal Chamber. The silence in the street was absolute. "There a painless death awaits him who can no longer bear the sorrows of this life."
From The Repairer of Reputations, by Robert W. Chambers.
Published by Not known in 1895
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Compare to the government lethal chamber from The Repairer of Reputations (1895) by Robert W. Chambers, the Ethical Suicide Parlor from Welcome to the Monkey House (1958) by Kurt Vonnegut, the Sleepshop from Logan's Run (1967) by Nolan and Johnson.

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