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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 19, 2005

PUBLIC CARE OF THE INSANE PENDING COMMITMENT.

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

JAMA. 2005;293(3):378. doi:10.1001/jama.293.3.378

Some months ago, in one of the largest cities of the country, a young foreigner became suddenly insane at his boarding-house. He was hurriedly sent to the nearest police station in a patrol wagon, locked up as a prisoner for a day or so, growing constantly more maniacal, then sent in the patrol wagon again to another police station, where the city physician would find it more convenient to examine him. By the time he arrived at the second station he was in a state of intense maniacal excitement. After a struggle with half a dozen policemen, he was finally overpowered and thrust into a restraint chair, where he died within half an hour, without ever having been seen by a physician.

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