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October 22, 1887

THE TREATMENT OF RECENT CASES OF INSANITY IN ASYLUMS AND IN PRIVATE HOUSES.

JAMA. 1887;IX(17):529. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400160017003

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Abstract

The above constituted the subject of Dr. G. Fielding Blandford's address before the Ninth International Medical Congress in Washington, D. C.; and it was presented with the ability and practical good sense characteristic of the author. Correctly assuming that recent insanity in very many cases is a curable disorder,Dr. Blandford proceeded to discuss the question, whether recovery will be likely to take place only under asylum supervision,or is there a fair chance of curing the sufferer in a private house or the house of a medical man? In this country, and in recent years especially, it has been urged as a maxim that the earlier cases of admitted insanity can be removed to an asylum for treatment, the better is the prospect of their recovery. And Dr. Blandford readily admitted that, " for the great majority of patients asylum treatment is the only available method," while he claimed a certain proportion

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