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November 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(19):1406-1407. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510190042004

At the recent meeting in Portland of the National Conference of Charities and Correction, the report1 of the committee on state supervision and administration gave a cheering instance of the more enlightened and scientific view of the treatment of the insane which the public is slowly acquiring. The report reminds us that, at a conservative estimate, the actual yearly increase in the number of insane persons in public institutions in the United States is now at least 5,000, and that the total number cared for by the states has already reached 150,000. Such figures may well cause popular alarm. Whether insanity is relatively increasing or not is still a moot question, but the facts as to the actual increase of the number of insane patients maintained by the states can not be overlooked. In view of these facts the report very properly points out that the neglect of preventive

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