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January 12, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(2):113. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470020041010

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The recent scandal in Bellevue Hospital where certain male nurses were held to the grand jury by the coroner's findings for the killing of an insane alcoholic patient, illustrates a fact that is not always fully appreciated by the medical profession or the public. It is that ordinary nurses' training alone is insufficient to make anyone fitted for the care of the insane, especially the violent cases, a duty that requires special natural as well as acquired qualifications entirely different from those demanded of any ordinary nurse. In view of the general outcry of late years for trained nurses in hospitals for the insane, this fact is important; what may be called the essential moral qualifications of an ideal asylum attendant are not essential in the trained nurse, who is a much more easily manufactured product. This difficulty of obtaining ideal attendants is the most troublesome problem in asylum management,

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