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March 13, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(11):747. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620110037014

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Feb. 13, 1920.

The Study and Treatment of Mental Disorders in Early Stages  In a joint letter to the Times, Allbutt, Barlow, Savage, Mott, Armstrong-Jones and others draw attention to the urgent need of reform in the methods of dealing with mental disorders. In 1918, the Medico-Psychological Association of Great Britain and Ireland, after considering the amendment of the existing lunacy laws, reported that there are few facilities for patients threatened with mental breakdown to obtain skilled treatment until they are certified as insane and placed in asylums, whereas the early symptoms often occur long before certification is possible; that, owing to delay in treatment, the most valuable time for securing early recovery is lost; that the public, being alive to the material and moral damage which certification often inflicts on the patient and his relatives, refuses to resort to it even when it has become possible, still further postponing

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