The movement in this country for the aid of patients discharged from insane asylums was recently outlined1 by Dr. William Mabon, of the Manhattan State Hospital for the Insane. This work only recently has received attention in the United States, though for many years it has been carried on in certain European countries. Many patients discharged from our hospitals as cured are in need of help and advice which hitherto has been unprovided. Thrown on the world with few if any resources, at a peculiarly critical period, the subject of unfair and harassing suspicions, they too often find the circumstances of life too much for their unstable equilibrium, or drift back into old ways and associations that are likely to end in a repetition of the former breakdown, and thus the individual will lose another section of life and again become a charge on the community.
THE AFTER-CARE OF THE INSANE.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(16):1369. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530160047006