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The need of another insane hospital must be evident to any one who has beheld the poor accommodations accorded to the insane detained in the county poorhouses. The best authorities the world over are unanimous in their opinion regarding the necessity of State care for these defective individuals. The four institutions which now exist accommodate 5,000 patients, fully 2,000 more are scattered throughout the State and should, in our judgment, find lodgment in State buildings thoroughly equipped for their care and treatment. For further particulars regarding the construction of building and the most advanced methods for the care and treatment of the patients and other matters relating to the subject of insanity, we refer to the excellent reports prepared at the suggestion of Governor Altgeld by the superintendent and medical staff of the State lunatic asylums. They have appeared in print under the heading, "Compilation of Special Reports of Superintendents
BETTMAN B. THE NECESSITY FOR CONSTRUCTING ANOTHER HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE IN ILLINOIS.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(6):277–279. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430580029001l