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July 1, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(1):46-47. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510010052007

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The recent death of Sir John Sibbald, late member of the Scotch Lunacy Commission, causes profound regret to all who knew him. He was a person of singular worth and singular modesty and we think it fitting to commemorate his services in developing the care of the insane, not alone because they are important and permanent but because his life presents a fine ideal of what a man and a physician ought to be. Sir John Sibbald became superintendent of the Argyle Asylum, and during the seven years he remained there he courageously adopted all the most progressive ideas of the day. He was the first man in Great Britain to tear down the walls of the old prison-like "airing-courts" and to substitute free exercise and employment. His patients became more orderly and less subject to tuberculosis. All the Scottish asylums followed his example in this and other respects and

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