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SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1912
MENTAL DISORDERS AND IMMIGRATION
Disorders of the mind may not be a necessary accompaniment of progress in civilization; but modern society feels, as ancient society never did, a responsibility for the care of mental defectives as well as an obligation to protect itself from the increase and spread of such conditions. This fact explains the wide and increasing interest displayed in the relation of immigration to insanity and the increase of mental defectives—an interest manifest alike in medical circles and in the current popular literature. The decision of Solicitor Earl of the Department of Commerce and Labor, referred to in The Journal recently,1 concerning the deportation of aliens who become insane within three years of landing, makes a
THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(13):938–943. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030336018