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July 15, 1893

THE NEW ILLINOIS BILL FOR THE COMMITMENT OF THE INSANE.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(3):95-96. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420550029003

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Abstract

All who are well informed in such matters will agree that the recent statutes of Illinois governing the commitment of the insane have been inadequate and in some particulars almost barbarous. It is true that this State once had a statute that was fairly humane in its operation, but this was repealed when the law of 1874 was enacted, at the instance of a female paranoiac who alleged that she had been wrongfully detained at the State hospital in Jacksonville. About the only thing arrived at in that law was that every person should be brought into the county court and in the presence of a judge tried by a jury. All other matters were left in lamentable confusion, everything was sacrificed to that fetich, trial by jury for the insane, to the end that it should be impossible for a sane person to be sent to an asylum. As

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