May 17, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(20):726-727. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410200026005

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The New York State enactment regarding pauper lunatics has recently been signed by the Governor, and will probably greatly ameliorate the condition of those insane persons who have hitherto been regarded as county charges, and whose treatment has been practically the same as that given to paupers. The effects of the bill will be, first, to establish the policy of State care and State support for all the insane who are, or who may hereafter, become a public charge; second, that it destroys the pernicious legal discrimination between the chronic and acute insane, and third, that it provides for the removal of all the insane from the county poorhouses, and forbids their detention in these places when the State shall have made accommodations large enough to take them all in. For the present, the State hospitals for the insane will not be sufficient for all the county charges, and must

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