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December 21, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(25):2091. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530250043011

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The State Board of Charities of Illinois has adopted a new form of interrogatories to be filled out at the time of commitment of patients to the insane hospitals. It was prepared by a special committee, after study of like documents used in other states and with the council of specialists in mental and nervous diseases, including the superintendents of the Illinois state hospitals for the insane, and covers such points in the history of the patient and his disorder as can, it is supposed, be brought out at the inquisition from the friends and physicians of the patient committed. A noteworthy feature, differing from the circulars formerly in use, is the rather close inquiry made as to the financial status of the patient and his friends or relatives, with the view apparently of relieving to some extent the burden on the taxpayers of the state. For many years, subsequent

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