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May 28, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(22):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391470015005

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The bill before the Illinois State Legislature proposing several amendments to the law for regulating the practice of medicine that has been in force since 1877, has been defeated. Precisely what the nature and scope of the proposed amendments were, we do not know, not having seen a copy of the bill.

There is another bill before the Legislature, having for its leading object such amendment of the existing law in this State, as to secure a more humane and rational mode of proceeding for the commitment of the insane to asylums, or otherwise depriving them of their personal liberty. It is well known that the State of Illinois enjoys the unenviable honor of having a law which requires every person supposed to be insane, to be arrested and brought before a court and jury, for the purpose of determining their sanity or insanity, before they can be received in

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