Skip to main content

The Alleged Increase of Insanity

  • Henry Maudsley

Six years ago I endeavoured to show, in a paper read before a quarterly meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association,∗ that there were not sufficient reasons to warrant the popular opinion, shared by some who had done more than accept a common notion without inquiry, that insanity was steadily increasing upon us year by year in this country; that, in fact, the undoubted great and rapid increase in the registered insane population of England was in the main to be attributed to other causes than an actual steady increase in the production of insanity. As the result of the enquiries, it seemed very uncertain whether we manufactured more madness now than formerly, but very certain that we take more care of, and know a great deal more about, the madness which we do manufacture. The conclusions reached were these:—

Hide All

Published in the “British Medical Journal,” January 13th, 1871. See also “The Alleged Increase of Lunacy” by Dr. L. Robertson, “Journ. Ment. Sci.,” 1870.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The British Journal of Psychiatry
  • ISSN: -
  • EISSN: 2514-9946
  • URL: /core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 2 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 3 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 19th February 2018 - 20th March 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

The Alleged Increase of Insanity

  • Henry Maudsley
Submit a response


No eLetters have been published for this article.


Reply to: Submit a response

Your details

Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *