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June 1, 1912

The Friends OF the Insane, The Soul of Medical Education and Other Essays.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1717-1718. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060066040

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A series of essays covering a wide range of subjects both medical and surgical. Most of them, however, are devoted to psychiatry and contain a rather severe criticism of existing conditions. One is impressed by the evident earnestness and sincerity of the author, who frequently permits himself to be carried away by his fervor to statements which seem hardly justified. The statement cannot be disputed, however, that the methods of commitment of the insane "are, in many states, a relic of barbaric procedure," that the criminologic, sociologic and economic aspects of insanity are sadly neglected, that the nursing in our state institutions is unsatisfactory, that the medical staffs consist largely of men insufficiently trained in psychiatry and overburdened witth routine work, so as to leave no time for scientific endeavor. Proper recognition, however, is not given to the great improvement which the last few years have brought in most of

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