The movement to provide for the services of pathologists in hospitals for the insane appears to be extending. Thus Illinois has arranged1 for civil service examinations to select such assistants. While the complete plan for this important addition to the service of these institutions has not been made public (so far as we are aware), it is evidently the intention to make the laboratory at one of the hospitals the central laboratory through which the work in the other institutions may be stimulated and in a measure directed and coördinated. At all events, largely, we believe, as the result of the activities of the Board of Charities under the high-minded guidance of its president, Dr. Frank Billings, a new factor enters into the work of the Illinois hospitals.
In the aggregate the general result of this new departure should be to put the daily routine work of the institutions