Want of space has prevented us taking notice of this publication in a previous number. It consists of a report presented to the International Congress of Mental Medicine held in Paris last year. Anything written by Professor Ball is worth reading. The present publication is no exception. It does not admit of analysis or quotation, and those who want a brief description of the provision made for the insane, as the result of special legislation in the principal countries in Europe and the States, should read it. It is pointed out as a grave mistake in many countries that under the same government the most contradictory laws and regulations are in force to provide for the insane. It is so in England, in Switzerland, and in America. To the Frenchman it seems that the unification of the lunacy laws is an absolute necessity. The writer insists on the duty of the State to legislate for dipsomaniacs, morphino-maniacs, etc. The question of legislation for criminals is intentionally omitted on account of its magnitude. As is justly observed, the whole report would have to be devoted to it.
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