There is, and has been for some time, an indignant revolt on the part of the Superintendents of Asylums in the State of York and the State Commission in Lunacy. In England the almost unanimous feeling among mental specialists favours the existence of a Lunacy Board. With some exceptions the action of the Board in London has been fairly judicious. The late Lord Shaftesbury held the opinion strongly that very considerable freedom of action must be left to medical superintendents, even on points on which the Commissioners, individually or collectively, might entertain opposite views. In some instances in which this course has not been pursued by the Board, the result of the collision has been unfavourable to the authority of the Commissioners.
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