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March 15, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(11):713-714. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480110035009

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As the gloom of ignorance surrounding the nature of insanity has been gradually dissipated by the light of accumulating knowledge, more rational methods of treatment have found their way into practice. Insanity is no longer looked upon as a supernatural visitation, from which there is no escape and for which there is no preventive or remedy, but rather as a morbid state comparable to other disordered conditions of the body, having similar underlying causes and therefore amenable to analogous therapeutic measures. It is this modern scientific view that is responsible for the improvements in the treatment of the insane witnessed during the latter half of the century just ended. No longer is it deemed necessary to incarcerate such a patient and condemn him to a life of hopeless isolation and inactivity. Far more is to be gained, as a constantly increasing experience teaches, by placing him amid congenial surroundings, with

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