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October 4, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(14):509-510. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410400025007

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While for the most part it is wise for professional and technical journals to refrain from any controversy with the lay press, there is occasionally such a flagrant invasion of the scientific field, that it would not be wise to pass it by in silence. We refer especially to an editorial in the Chicago Herald, a journal devoted to the exploiting of politics, anent " Insanity of Insane Experts." In this article we find the following: " Doctors who make a specialty of insanity are known to become either morbid upon the subject or actually mad." We challenge this statement as one emanating from the inner consciousness of the writer, as nowhere is it supported or affirmed in the literature of medicine. Krafft-Ebing, Bucknill, Tuke, Spitzka, Savage, Meynert and Charcot are either morbid or actually mad according to this enlightened "expert!"

That attendants upon the insane are more likely to become insane

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