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March 11, 1916


Author Affiliations

Lecturer on Biology, Princeton University PRINCETON, N. J.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(11):808-810. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580370028012

The first psychopathic clinic established in this country was the hospital at the University of Michigan. The best practical illustrations of this type of institution which we find in this country are the Henry Phipps Clinic in Baltimore and the psychopathic Clinic in Boston; the latter, although controlled by the state, is closely affiliated with the scientific activities of Harvard University. These clinics do not present any of the features of the old asylums, and are modern hospitals in every sense of the word. Not only are they well equipped for taking care of patients, but also they are supplied with many facilities essential for carrying on research in very important fields. Fully 90 per cent, of the patients at the Phipps clinic are classed as "voluntary." The old asylum no longer exists in the modern conception of psychiatry.

As to the reasons for the establishment of psychopathic clinics, those

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