Medicine: Madmen's Manager

Through the psychiatric section of Manhattan's vast Bellevue Hospital each year pass more than 17,000 patients. Through Bellevue's mental hygiene clinic each year pass another 3,000 mental suspects. Of the lot 6,500 are committed to permanent insane asylums or other institutions. Joining this yearly flotsam of mentally and emotionally deranged humanity are the 5,000 who drift through the psychiatric wards of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

To handle those distraught men, women & children costs New York City hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, including $9,000 salary for the manager of all...

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