Cardiff City.—Dr. Goodall, as usual, furnishes particulars of the effect of alcohol as a factor in the aetiology of his direct admissions. Of the 105 cases analysed in which a history was given, fifty showed heredity of some kind, alone or with exciting (principal ?) cause. Of these, five had drink assigned as an exciting cause, and seventeen had alcoholic heredity. Among the fifty-five in which no heredity was ascertained alcohol was assigned as an exciting factor in sixteen. Assuming that the original assignment of ætiology was both exhaustive and accurate, some light is thrown on the comparative prevalence of alcohol as cause or symptom of insanity. In fifty cases with a taint of heredity alcohol appears as an exciting cause in five only, whereas, with no such taint, it appears in sixteen out of fifty-five.
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