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A disagreement has arisen between the New York State Commission in Lunacy and the Charity Commissioners of New York City regarding the clothing of the insane to be taken charge of by the former board in the Manhattan State Hospital. The latter board is litigating the question of providing new suits of clothes for the lunatics transferred by it to that hospital. Dr. C. F. Macdonald, of the State Commission, defends the exaction of new clothing as follows:
1. To reduce, as far as practicable, the danger of introducing contagious or infectious diseases into the institutions which were then sheltering about 13,000 patients, coming from all the walks of life and in widely different conditions of physical and mental debility, beside some 2,000 employes and over 100 officers, while the yearly admissions of new cases exceeded 2,000.
2. To put a stop to a then prevalent practice among county authorities
NEW YORK OFFICERS AT VARIANCE OVER THE CLOTHING OF INSANE PATIENTS.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(14):686. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430660038010