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The County Mental Institution: Did It Do What It Was Designed to Do?

Thomas EBERT and Walter I. TRATTNER
Social Science Quarterly
Vol. 71, No. 4 (December 1990), pp. 835-847
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42862801
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

When most states were placing all their insane residents in large congregate state hospitals, Wisconsin adopted a dual system of care; the acute insane were placed in large state hospitals while the chronic insane were sent to smaller county institutions. A detailed analysis of one of these county asylums during the first 43 years of its existence suggests that, with some exceptions, the system worked well—or at least did what it was designed to do.

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