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March 7, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(10):278. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390850026011

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Editor Journal American Medical Association: Dear Sir:  —The question of the proper treatment of the insane is one which has been ably discussed by specialists and others supposed to be particularly familiar with the subject, and should, therefore, be warily spoken of by the non-expert. But there are some things which common sense teaches where (alleged) science is dumb. Some of these things are likely to strike one with particular emphasis upon his first visit to an institution for the care of insane. The realization of facts is peculiarly vivid, and one receives an impression of the condition of things which is, as yet, not deadened by constant contact. Perhaps such impressions are fanciful and born of sentimentalism; if so, the ever alert and practical boards of charities, etc., will see through their flimsiness and brush aside their sophistries, and they will melt quickly away before the blazing sun of

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