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February 20, 1897

Fourteenth Biennial Report of the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities for the Years 1895 and 1896.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(8):364-366. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440080030002k

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IMPROVEMENT OF ATTENDANTS IN HOSPITALS FOR THE INSANE.  We believe that the State hospitals for the insane may well excite the pride of the citizens of Illinois. Their material equipment is admirable and in the whole their condition has undoubtedly never been as good as it is at this time. Such institutions, however, can not stand still. They must either retrograde or continually improve.The medical and nursing care should always command our greatest interest, and it is here as in educational institutions of the State, that there must be continuous progress if there is not to be retrogression.Early in 1896 the State Board of Charities sent out a list of inquiries to superintendents of hospitals for the insane in the United States regarding attendants or nurses. We present below a condensation of the replies received, fifty-eight in number. The inquiries were made because of the belief of the board,

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