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May 18, 1907


Author Affiliations

Medical Superintendent of Brockville Asylum for the Insane. BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(20):1664-1666. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220460020002d

It will not be possible for me to consider this subject at length, but I wish to urge persistent effort in devising ways and means to find employment of a suitable kind for the insane. I do not pretend to add anything of importance to what others have said on this topic, and it is not unlikely that any one will object to my according a great deal of importance to occupation as a remedial measure for the insane, but I hope that I may be able to direct attention more strongly to the desirability of prescribing this valuable remedy in a more systematic manner.

Some authorities say that great care should be taken to assign patients to labor similar in character to that which they are accustomed to perform. Surely this is not wisdom. A patient comes from the counting house fairly saturated with the toxemia of figures. He

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