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East St. Louis, Ill., Oct. 2, 1904.
To the Editor:
—In your editorial, September 17, with the above title, your reference to Illinois institutions may admit of a little explanation. You speak of the "ruin" wrought and their "fall" under the present system, as shown in articles in the Illinois State Medical Journal. I am aware that some such articles were published, but I believe the profession generally understands the animus and circumstances under which they were published. But when such reference to our charitable institutions is made in a journal of national circulation the matter assumes a different aspect.Now, I am deeply interested in these institutions, am a visitor of them, and of similar institutions in other states, and if it can be pointed out to me in what particular, in any one of these institutions there is a defect, I will make an effort to remedy it.
Fairbrother HC. State Supervision of Public and Private Care of the Insane.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(16):1156-1157. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500160058014