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January 21, 1905

PUBLIC CARE OF THE INSANE PENDING COMMITMENT.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(3):218-219. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500300050003

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Abstract

Some months ago, in one of the largest cities of the country, a young foreigner became suddenly insane at his boarding-house. He was hurriedly sent to the nearest police station in a patrol wagon, locked up as a prisoner for a day or so, growing constantly more maniacal, then sent in the patrol wagon again to another police station, where the city physician would find it more convenient to examine him. By the time he arrived at the second station he was in a state of intense maniacal excitement. After a struggle with half a dozen policemen, he was finally overpowered and thrust into a restraint chair, where he died within half an hour, without ever having been seen by a physician.

At about the same time in the same city a foreigner, equally obscure, became insane and shot at his roommate. He was taken at once to a police

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