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September 24, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(13):895. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500130043006

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It is well known that the average patient discharged from the hospital for the insane, as recovered or improved, is in a most helpless and pitiable situation if he has no friends to look after him, and there are many such. In his efforts to obtain employment he is more heavily handicapped than is the discharged prisoner. At the very moment, therefore, when he should be protected, well nourished and cheerfully employed, he is plunged into difficulties and discouragements, and frequently is reduced to abject want. It is not strange that he too often again succumbs to his malady; neither is it to be wondered at that, in view of this well-recognized danger, convalescent patients are sometimes retained in the asylums by humane superintendents too long for the good of the asylums and too long for their own good, could they be sent out into the world under even a

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