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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 6, 2008


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;299(5):584. doi:10.1001/jama.299.5.584-a

The malicious influence of cheap bread-and-butter politics on public institutions is illustrated by recent events in Illinois. At the beginning of his administration the present governor appointed an exceptionally strong Board of Charities and gave other unmistakable evidences of his intention to place the state hospitals for insane and similar institutions on a high plane. The functions of the Board of Charities are to investigate into management and condition of the state charitable and reformatory institutions and to report their results with recommendations to the governor; it has no further executive powers than those necessary to do this work, and it has no punitive powers whatsoever.

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