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March 6, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(10):475-476. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440100043013

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The New York Neurological Society.  —The Neurological Society of New York has a committee on legislation consisting of Drs. C. L. Dana, N. Allen Starr, G. W. Jacoby, Joseph Collins and G. M. Hammond, whose duty it will be to secure amendments to the Lunacy Law, that took effect last July. The new law wiped out the old provision for the care of the patient pending the initial inquest after two qualified physicians had given their certificate. The amount of difficulties that have been thrown in the way of certifying medical men—the new process being both more expensive and tedious—has been such that not a few physicians have found it advisable to commit insane patients to institutions outside of that State, so far as has been possible. In regard to the pauper insane, the new procedure is ultravires in many cases; they have neither friend nor relative to pray

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