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July 1, 1911


Author Affiliations

Director of Clinical Psychiatry, Manhattan State Hospital, Ward's Island NEWYORK

JAMA. 1911;LVII(1):9-11. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070013002

The population of New York City, containing, as it does, such unusual aggregations of people from all parts of the world, furnishes a rare opportunity for comparative studies in race psychopathology. The conditions of an interesting experiment are practically fulfilled in that we find a number of races of pure blood living side by side in large colonies in a uniform, general environment. While this unique situation provides the alienist with material for making observations of great scientific interest, it is also a matter of practical importance for social workers, educators and physicians generally to become acquainted with any data which show the existence of special racial tendencies to disease, to immorality, or to excesses of various kinds; of particular interest are any facts relating to the extent of inebriety or the manifest pathologic effects o f alcohol among these various elements which are streaming into our population.

At the Manhattan State Hospital, which receives patients exclusively from the City of New York, we have been strongly impressed with what appears to be a relation between racial types and certain forms of mental disease.