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May 23, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(21):1583-1584. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660470045021

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Psychiatrists' Evidence Before the Lunacy Commission  At the Royal Commission on Lunacy and Mental Disorder, a sitting was devoted to a memorandum of evidence and recommendations of a committee of the Medico-Psychological Association of Great Britain and Ireland. Many prominent members attended to answer questions of the commission. For the association it was stated that the protection afforded by the lunacy acts had, on the whole, proved satisfactory. Those acts, however, failed to keep pace with medical progress, especially in regard to the treatment of the initial and more curable type of mental disorders. The association hoped that the investigation would show the government the necessity of proceeding with a mental treatment bill in harmony with the aspirations of that association. The association held that clinics for mental disorders, preferably in connection with the universities, medical schools and general hospitals, should be established; that a considerable proportion of admissions to

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