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June 2, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(22):1701. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510490047010

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lishment of psychopathic departments in connection with general hospitals. Many objections, of course, can be urged against this, but they do not seem of sufficient weight to overbalance all the advantages for the patients and the community that would accrue from it. This seems to be a definite advance demanded by the increase of mental diseases.

In a rather curious monograph a French authority credits the spread of consumption in Europe to the archeologic investigations of the time of the first Napoleon in Egypt, when the mummies of the Pharaonic period, laden, as he says, with the germs of tuberculosis, were first sent out wholesale to the museums of Europe. He claims, it is said, that experiments made in Paris have demonstrated that these 3,000-year-old bacilli, in spite of the antiseptic methods employed by the Egyptian embalmers, are far more deadly than the active living ones of to-day, and that

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