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November 18, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(21):1529-1530. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590210047022

Every now and then some community is appalled by one or more deaths due to an apparently sudden outburst of violence on the part of some simple and seemingly harmless mental defective who has been allowed to go at large. Even more frequently people are shocked by the self-destruction of some friend or relative to whose periods of unexplained depression they had given but scant heed. After the event there is excited talk about prevention for the future, but ultimately nothing is done, because no one knows just what to do. Organized interest is being awakened, however, and experts are engaged in several cities, attempting to outline methods for ending this menace. At the request of the City Club of Chicago and the Illinois Society of. Mental Hygiene, Dr. Herman M. Adler of Harvard University is conducting an investigation of the problem in Chicago. This work is a part of