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June 6, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(23):1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430750036004

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This is the name of the old association of medical superintendents of asylums for the insane, founded in 1844. Recently they held a four days' meeting at Boston, Mass., which was largely attended and of more than usual interest. The president, Dr. Richard Dewey of Chicago, Ill., in his annual address discussed at some length the question of corrupt and fraudulent commitments and unjust detentions in insane asylums. Recently in certain districts much agitation of the public mind has been manifested, and the papers have created the impression that great wrongs were covered up in many asylums. Dr. Dewey found from a very wide inquiry and study of the alleged cases no basis whatever for such a fear. A certain number of ill-balanced, highly nervous persons, and paranoiacs have paroxysms of mania and melancholy and are unable to control themselves; these are committed to asylums; also a number of drug-takers

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