The “Gazzetta del Frenocomio di Reggio” is more than an ordinary asylum report. Besides the usual account of the condition of the asylum, with the necessary statistics for 1881, it contains short notices of public meetings at which the asylum was represented, as at the International Medical Congress in London. But to these we do not desire to direct attention, for there is in this pamphlet some information about pellagra which may interest English readers. This disease seems to be in Italy what general paralysis is in this country, a scourge whose origin is unknown, but which prevails in certain districts, and seems to depend on some unwholesome mode of life. To discover this error in living the Italian physicians have resolved to devote their attention, and though the results cannot as yet be said to be very great, and are, indeed, in some degree problematical, still it is worth while to show what has been done, and the method of work. We English physicians might take a lesson and begin a systematic enquiry into the conditions of general paralytics. Without doubt most valuable results would be obtained.
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