Richmond Dispatch, 6/28/1862

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From the Richmond Dispatch, 6/28/1862, p. 2, c. 3

Admission into the Hospitals. – In the desire to free our hospitals from the visits of “the idle and curious,” we fully concur. Nervous excitability is the almost infallible attendant of sickness of any sort, and in cases of wounds we believe the nervous system is more wrought upon than by almost any casual disorder. Crowds of curious and idle persons surrounding a man gasping for breath certainly do not contribute either to his comfort or recovery. But, we do think that in issuing the pronunciamento forbidding persons the privilege of visiting the hospitals, some discrimination should be made in favor of the relatives of the wounded men. No such discrimination, however, is made. We yesterday saw a lady begging to see a dying cousin. The sentinel would not admit any one without a pass. This was refused her, though she solicited it with tears in her eyes. When we last saw her, she was anxiously peering through the bars of the various windows, trying to discover the faces of her dying relative.

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