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February 7, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(6):455-456. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660320047022

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The Royal Commission on Lunacy  An important memorandum, prepared by a special commission of the British Medical Association, has been brought before the Royal Commission on Lunacy and Mental Disorders. The principal objects favored in the memorandum are: 1. To meet, as far as possible, the susceptibilities of the public with a view to minimize the objections that prevented patients from accepting proper treatment at the earliest possible moment. 2. To avoid the need for a formal order for mental patients whose symptoms, though acute, were likely to be short lived, in the hope that the recovery of the patient might render such an order unnecessary. 3. To provide opportunities for the treatment, on a voluntary basis, of patients whether in one of the existing types of institution or in hospitals or clinics or under private care. 4. To secure, as far as possible, uniformity of procedure in the certification

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