June 10, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(23):645-647. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420500027006

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That the business of maintaining a private asylum for the treatment of mild forms of insanity, of inebriety and of persons afflicted with any mental or nervous disease, or who are suffering from the effects of the excessive use of alcoholic liquors, the supreme court of California declares, in the case of exparte Whitwell, just reported, is a lawful one, which can not be prohibited, either directly or indirectly. This decision is of all the more weight because the case was argued, both orally and in the briefs of counsel, with great learning and ability, and the court claims to have given to the questions involved the careful consideration which their importance demands.

The board of supervisors of San Mateo county, Cal., passed an ordinance March 16, 1892, to license, for purposes of regulation, the business of keeping asylums for the care of persons afflicted with insanity, inebriety, or other

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