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October 25, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(17):1274-1275. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720170056017

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Early Treatment of Mental Disease  The board of control of the lunacy administration in its report points out that the event of the year was the passage of the mental treatment bill, which enables preventive treatment of incipient mental illness to be carried out by providing outpatient clinics for voluntary treatment, a great departure from the previous official practice, of certifying and confining in asylums persons who were sufficiently demented to be a nuisance or a danger. The treatment of mental illness is assimilated to that of other forms of illness by provisions under which certain cases may be temporarily placed under treatment in institutions without certification and by the opportunities afforded of associating the general hospitals in the treatment of mental illness. The board expresses the hope that local authorities will realize that, from the point of view of humanity and economy, treatment cannot begin too early, and will

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