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June 21, 1890

THE PHYSICIAN'S RETURN FOR THE INSANE, FEEBLE-MINDED, DEAF, BLIND AND SICK, FOR THE ELEVENTH CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(25):903-904. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410250023003

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Abstract

The circular issued on the 15th of May, from the Census Office under the authority of the Department of the Interior and over the signature of "John S. Billings, Surgeon U. S. A, In Charge of Vital Statistics and Statistics of Special Classes," has been the subject of considerable comment by the public press, the consensus of opinion among the physicians interviewed all over the country being represented as adverse to the proposed method of obtaining statistics of the physically and mentally afflicted classes of the community. Medical journals have generally abstained from more than casual reference to the matter, since while they are all agreed in believing the information sought to be of the most vital importance to the health statistics of the country, the manner of obtaining it contemplated by the circular, is undoubtedly open to serious objection. The circular states, that " each census enumerator, in making a

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