There seems to be a general desire among those interested directly in the medical work in the hospitals for insane to raise the standard of that work, to do something to prevent the physicians from falling into mechanical routine, which is the bane of institutional life as ordinarily lived. For some time there has been apparent a general effort to introduce into state hospitals for the insane systematic pathologic work. Pathologic laboratories have been equipped and special pathologists appointed to make postmortem examinations and microscopic and other studies of the accumulating material.
This is certainly a gratifying step in advance. The introduction of any form of scientific activity into these institutions can not but produce a stimulating effect on the medical staffs in general. But it is quite evident that the renaissance of the medical and scientific work of the hospitals for insane can not be accomplished by this movement