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January 16, 1892

PRIVATE TREATMENT OP INSANITY.Read in the Section of Medical Jurisprudence and Neurology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

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JAMA. 1892;XVIII(3):61-63. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411070001001

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Our conclusions are drawn from comparisons. Men rarely either express or entertain any idea that has not been acquired, or suggested, through comparison with more familiar ideas.

In the consideration of the subject of this essay, "the private treatment of insanity," we are naturally led—compelled, indeed—to compare this mode with public treatment of the disease, as uniformly practiced in public hospitals and asylums. As it is to be presumed, the tenor of my remarks will be favorable to the private treatment, as compared with public asylum treatment. And I therefore, at the onset, wish to make clearly known my high appreciation of the great good that has been accomplished by and through the means of our great, grand asylums; and that I would by no means be understood to hold that they are either useless or, as a rule, badly managed. On the contrary, I am glad to say, that

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