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April 4, 1891


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JAMA. 1891;XVI(14):482-483. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410660014002a

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The Legislatures of many of the States are now in session, and in most of them measures have been proposed, of more or less importance, affecting medical practice or public health. It is difficult to present a full statement of all these bills, but the substance of many of them has been published in the daily papers and will be of interest.

In New York the principal bills are the following: One removing the pauper insane from the county poorhouses and transferring them to the State Asylums. This involves the expenditure of about $500,000 for a new building to accommodate the new patients, and has been actively opposed by local officials who have found some pecuniary or other advantage in keeping the insane in the poorhouses, which are badly adapted for the care of such patients. The general sentiment of the profession and of humane persons is strongly in favor

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