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The development of institutions for nervous and mental maladies forms no exception to the rule that increased complexity (and perplexity) follows the process of finer adaptation to the requirements of advancing medical science and social evolution. Change and growth are so rapid that the conservatism which necessarily characterizes all institutions, keeps them lagging behind in the advances of the day in the art and science of both neurology and psychiatry.
It is not necessary to prove in this audience that there is in our own time a very great increase of nervous diseases, both in variety of forms and in the number of sufferers. The same is also true of mental diseases, and hence the subject of provision for patients of this class is a pressing one in all our communities. In this paper I seek to consider only hospital treatment largely for recent and curable cases. Thus far it
DEWEY R. HOSPITALS FOR THE NEUROPATHIC AND PSYCHOPATHIC.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS, DELIVERED BEFORE THE SECTION ON NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASES, AT THE FIFTY-THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., JUNE 10-13, 1902.. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):735–739. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480390001001
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