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April 9, 1892

MENTAL DISCIPLINE AMONG THE INSANE IN ASYLUMS.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(15):466-467. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411190026008

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Abstract

The New York Medical Journal, March 19, refers to educational work that may be done among the inmates of our asylums. In the Utica Asylum class instruction has been used at intervals. It is now again in successful employment on a limited scale, having been revived about three years ago. Two patients, who could not read or write before becoming insane, learned to do both before being sent to their homes. One woman was a terror of the ward until ten o'clock in the morning, when she goes childlike and quiet to her class and for two hours is the most docile and interested of all the pupils. Only the fear that she may be kept away from her school makes her at all controllable at any other time. In the earlier history of the Utica Asylum, about fifty years ago,the efforts at teaching the inmates made by Dr. Brigham

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