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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 19, 2001

PARTISAN POLITICS AND OUR INSANE ASYLUMS.

JAMA. 2001;286(23):2918. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.2918

The scientific treatment of insanity and care of the insane in public institutions is a matter in which some portions of our country do not shine with special brilliancy. Nor are they likely to, as long as the ideal qualifications for a physician in charge are such as indicated below. The passage is a verbatim quotation, omitting names, etc., for reasons that can be easily appreciated.

The selection of Dr. ——, of ——, as the superintendent of the hospital ——, at ——, by Gov. —— is to be commended by every citizen of ——, and especially by every Republican in the central portion of the state. Dr. —— deserves the appointment and is qualified to fill the position. His services to the Republican organization cover many years. As the head of the Republican county organization in 1896 he gave the party splendid service, service given at the expense of his professional practice and by personal sacrifice. Under his leadership the Republicans of —— approached nearer a state of practical harmony than it has been [sic] before in many years, and, it may be added, has ever been since. It was hoped and was promised later that Dr. ——'s services in this connection would be rewarded by the appointment he has now received, and the promise of Gov. —— was given and announcement made. But realization of hopes and the salary failed to come.

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