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August 28, 1886

A GENERAL PRACTITIONER'S VIEW OF THE CAUSES AND PREVENTION OF INSANITY.The Address in Mental Disorders, Delivered at the Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, June 3, 1886.

JAMA. 1886;VII(9):225-228. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250080085001

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Abstract

The appointment to deliver the address in mental disorders, which I had the honor to receive at our last session, came to me unsought and undesired. I am as mindful as any of my colleagues can possibly be, how ably this appointment has been filled during previous years—filled by experts in mental disorders, by members of the Association of Medical Superintendents of Insane Asylums, and by recognized authorities in this great Specialty of Medicine. To follow such predecessors on this occasion, in some way that may justify one who is only a general practitioner of medicine, in speaking of what most intimately concerns a select few of his colleagues—and to address this learned body upon a specialty which each of us, for long years past, has been accustomed to consider as under the guardianship of its own appointed medical "keepers"—seems to me difficult of accomplishment, and the very undertaking liable

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