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May 15, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(20):948-949. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440200038007

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The American Neurological Association through a committee of which Dr. Henry R. Stedman is chairman, is engaged in a movement that deserves the full support of not only the medical profession, but of all those who are at all philanthropically inclined. It is a preliminary inquiry as to the best means for providing for patients discharged from asylums for the insane, especially during the first weeks or months after their release. It is a well-known fact that the recovered lunatic, if dependent upon his own devices, suffers from special disadvantages and that the hard lines of life that may have been the direct cause of his mental breakdown are likely to be even more his lot on his release. A convict who has served his time is better off in a purely temporal point of view, he has more resources and, unless he is what it is to be feared

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