Professor Verga has collected the statistics for all the asylums in continental Italy (excluding, therefore, Sardinia and Sicily), taken on the night of December 31, 1874. There were then 170·79 lunatics to every 100,000 inhabitants, a proportion somewhat higher than in England, Ireland, and France, but lower than in Scotland. In the province of Naples, where the ratio was lowest, it was 1 to 903; while in Lombardy, where it was highest, it was 1 to 435. In Umbria the proportion of insane persons had doubled in 15 years, and in Lombardy nearly tripled in 10 years.
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