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May 2, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(18):1426. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530440036007

The results of state control and care of the insane and epileptic have shown the wisdom of the sociologic view that sound biologic laws underlie the principle. The idea of the protection of the body social is gaining ground over the altruistic sentiment of preservation of the unfit through humanitarianism. On the other hand, there is a large class of borderland cases of hysteria, neurasthenia and psychoneuroses for which no adequate provision has been made in this country, but for which both sociologic and altruistic sentiment might well cooperate.

It may not be generally known that sanatoria of the colony type for the neurasthenic poor have been in successful operation in some parts of Europe for several years. The first to be established was "Haus Schönow," near Berlin, which opened in 1899. Since then others have appeared in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. The International Congress for Assistance to the Insane,

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