The above is the name of an important Act which passed through Parliament last year, simplifying the certificates and removing restrictions affecting the admission of idiots and imbeciles into Training Institutions, and which we have not found room to notice before. Previously, Training Institutions for Idiots and Imbeciles were regarded, in the eye of the law, either as licensed houses or registered hospitals for lunatics. Before a patient could be received into them it was necessary for the parent or guardian to fill up an order, stating that the child was a lunatic, an idiot, or a person of unsound mind, and to reply to a series of questions totally unsuited to the case. In addition to the order and statement, two medical certificates, the same as were necessary for the admission of insane persons into lunatic asylums, and quite inappropriate for idiots and imbeciles, were required from independent practitioners.
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