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August 23, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(8):435-436. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480340029008

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The asylum scandals that periodically call for investigation in various parts of the country have generally, at least, one common feature; they almost always, if not invariably, come to light in politically managed institutions. This is notably the case with the one now occupying attention in Illinois, where for some years past the hospitals for the insane have been largely made adjuncts to the ruling political machines. Prior to ten years ago the Illinois asylums were practically free from politics; since that time—with possibly some exceptions due to the personal influence of the superintendents, and even the ablest of these must necessarily be badly hampered—these institutions have been pretty thoroughly under political control, and many of the most objectionable features of such management seem to be at present in vogue. It is almost a certainty that with such conditions in any reasonably enlightened community, something will sooner or later come

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