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February 8, 1941

New Facts on Mental Disorders: Study of 89,190 Cases

JAMA. 1941;116(6):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820060095032

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The Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health has had in Dr. Dayton, the author of the present work, a student of statistics of mental diseases who has produced a mass of material previous to this book and in this volume a mass of statistics which is beyond easy assimilation. The modern mental hygiene system of Massachusetts has permitted the collection of statistics on all patients admitted to mental hospitals and other mental institutions between the years 1917 and 1933. There are 56,579 first admissions in this group, and other groups of cases being the total number of cases studied to 89,190. During this period the first World War, prohibition and repeal, and the depression entered into the picture. Most of the material has been tabulated and graphed. There are 110 graphs. The main topics which are considered are age and mental disorders, nativity and alcoholism not only in mental disorders

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