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September 26, 1896

THE SECOND STATE HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE OF MARYLAND.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):715-716. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910045006

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Abstract

Another pariah has been redeemed from opprobrium as a social outcast. The bars and shackles which restrained the sufferer with a mind diseased, have been relegated to the scrap heap upon which thumb-screws and branding-irons have been cast. The creature, formed in the physical image of the God of the Universe, no longer wallows as swine, nor crawls on hands and knees with the beasts of the field, chained by the waist, like Nebuchadnezzar. The "lunatic asylum" has given place to the State hospital, under the superintendence of medical men of the highest professional attainments. The higher medicine of the close of the nineteenth century, which has made State boards of health, State boards of medical examiners and State licensing boards the arbiters of proficiency and responsibility, has lifted the attending physician of the asylum for the insane from the status of a subservient to the steward, manager or executive

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