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October 20, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(16):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460420047011

A recent study of the statistics of the Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane, by Dr. Charles W. Pilgrim,1 though covering but a comparatively limited number of cases, presents some features of interest. In the first place, it seems to show that modern methods are productive of better results in the care and cure of the insane than those in the past. From the opening of the institution in 1871 until 1896, a period of twenty-five years, the average recovery-rate was about 21 per cent. on the admissions, and those discharged improved, 11.5 per cent., while, making all due allowances for earlier unfavorable conditions such as the larger proportion of chronic cases transferred to a new institution, the present total exceeds the above average by at least 9 per cent. This, it should be remembered, is an estimate made with the modern conservatism in estimating recoveries, for the old