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October 21, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(17):1252. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510170044008

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A considerable movement of dependent insane may be looked for in various states owing to the more or less far-reaching results of the operation of a new law in New York. The latter state is investigating the records and is sending away insane persons whose legal residence is in other states, which, therefore, should bear the expense of their care. Something of a sensation was caused in one state on the receipt of several such patients, and it has caused the authorities of that state to prepare to make a similar examination of records and a clearing of their own asylums. In certain states the dependent insane for whose care those states are not legally liable require the expenditure of thousands of dollars, and taxpayers have a right to object. We trust that the investigations will be conducted with great care and all unnecessary excitement of patients avoided. Sympathetic, tactful

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