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July 11, 1896

COMMITMENT OF THE INSANE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(2):103. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430800045007

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Abstract

On July 1, the new law, or codification of laws on the above subject, that was enacted by the Legislature of 1896, went into effect. It has generally been felt that that law handed the insane over bodily to the politicians; but the enactment is apparently thought by the Commissioner in Lunacy to be less malign in its probable future operation than has appeared at first sight. He hopes for the best; but it is probable that he will soon feel "the clutch of the ring." Under the new law, the procedure for commitments will be, in brief, as follows:

Application for the commitment of an alleged insane person may be made by any person with whom such insane person may reside or at whose house he or she may be, or by his or her father, mother, husband, wife, brother, sister or child or other next of kin, or

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