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Hants.—This asylum is so overcrowded that eighteen patients sleep in the Medical Superintendent's house. Relief will soon be gained by the opening of the idiot blocks, and later on by the removal of the Isle of Wight patients to an asylum building for the island. Typhoid fever has appeared under indefinite circumstances—that is to say, cases have appeared at intervals, some in new and some in old buildings. They were all on the female side. The water, drains, and milk are above suspicion. The Commissioners remark, inter alia, that the warm air supplied to the wards is possibly open to contamination. The air inlet gratings are level with the ground, and the chambers beneath are lined with absorbent bricks, which may derive from the adjacent soil whatever it contains, and communicate it to the air passing over them. Whether this fact has any bearing on the cases or not, it is quite worth noting. In many of the dormitories the cubic space has been reduced by overcrowding to 350 feet per patient. This will probably account for a somewhat high death-rate from phthisis.

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