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1909 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Referring to the insane of the state, Dr. Howard said that the total number of insane patients in the thirteen state hospitals at the close of the fiscal year was 29,362. The' net increase during the year was 1,014, as against 1,346 in the preceding year. It could not be denied that the enormous immigration of the past ten years had unduly swelled the number of insane. The temporary care provided for insane persons in most communities presented conditions not unlike those which led to the
more » ... ch led to the agitation resulting in the passage of the state care act in 1890. Thus, in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, 55% of the cases received at the psychopathic ward at Bellevue Hospital gained access to hospital care only through police channels, and the jails and lockups were certainly no places for insane persons. In many of them there was no matron, and some of
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