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January 18, 1913

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JAMA. 1913;60(3):210-214. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340030040019
Abstract

RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENTS IN METHODS OF EXAMINING IMMIGRANTS  A conference of distinguished alienists and social workers met in New York in November, 1912, and addressed to the respective chairmen of the committees on immigration of the two houses of Congress, a series of resolutions which set forth the needed amendments to the immigration laws, as understood by them. It is recommended, among other things, that a commissioned medical officer of the Public Health Service be detailed to each vessel bringing immigrants to the United States, so that the immigrants might be examined during the voyage with special reference to their mental condition; that a sufficient number of medical officers with special training and experience in the detection of insanity and mental defectiveness be detailed for duty at Ellis Island at all times, and at least one such medical officer to every other large port of entry, and that they be given

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