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September 28, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(13):549. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430390035007

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Chapter 429 of the Acts of Massachusetts of 1895 provides that no person shall be committed to a lunatic hospital, asylum or other receptacle for the insane, unless, in addition to the oral testimony given, there has been filed with the judge hearing the complaint or other proceedings for the commitment of the person alleged to be insane, the certificate of two physicians certifying to such person's insanity, made in accordance with the provisions of Section 1 of Chapter 286 of the Acts of 1895. This latter provides that in any hearing in any proceeding for the commitment for proper treatment of any person alleged to be insane, to a lunatic hospital, asylum or other place provided by law, no one shall be qualified as a physician to make to a judge at such hearing a certificate of the insanity of a person unless he shall make oath that he

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