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July 4, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(1):43-44. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540010047007

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Probably the phase of medical advance, in this age of progress, of which the world at large is least cognizant is that in psychiatry; and it is safe to affirm that in no country have greater strides in this branch of medicine been made than in the United States. They have, however, been unheralded by public clamor; rather, on the contrary, where the results of recent scientific research in that direction have been forced on the attention of. the public, as by the attitude of the medical profession to the relations between crime and insanity, they have been greeted with indifference. But, for all that, the advance is real, and must sooner or later be acknowledged; indeed, the awakening is already at hand.

Significant, as well as munificent, is the recent splendid gift to Johns Hopkins University of Mr. Henry Phipps—to whose philanthropic interest in behalf of another great problem,

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