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August 25, 1888

MISMANAGEMENT IN THE MORRIS PLAINS ASYLUM.

JAMA. 1888;XI(8):273-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400600021004

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Abstract

"Jersey justice" has long been a synonym for swift, sure, common-sense justice. Some of it is badly needed in the management of the New Jersey State Asylum for the Insane at Morristown, otherwise known as the Morris Plains Asylum. Dr. Edward C. Booth, who for almost six years has been medical director of the Asylum, has sent his resignation to the board of managers, and for the following reasons, given in his letter of resignation:

The system is faulty, and the best results cannot be obtained under it; yet, with a competent and reasonable man, devoted to the welfare of the patients, at the head of each department, its defects might be, to a considerable extent, remedied. It is not for me to say whether I am such a person, but it is only justice to declare plainly that in my judgment the warden is not; and in this view

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