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The Insane in Workhouses

  • M. J. Nolan (a1)

Some time since, when moved to speak on behalf of the insane population of Irish Workhouses, I did not fully contemplate the many difficulties of the task before me; and now, when we are on the eve of promised legislative measures, it may seem unnecessary to enlarge on this subject, as it is to be presumed that the philanthropy which has urged the Executive to take up the cause of pauper lunatics in our Workhouses, has formulated a Bill embracing all that the heads of the Lunacy and Poor-Law Departments can suggest. Nevertheless, it may not be without effect to elicit from those present to-day, representing as they do the special knowledge of insanity in this kingdom—I may indeed say in Europe—some expressions of opinion on a subject which in one shape or another must have been presented to their observation in the course of their experience. In asking your attention I feel that the subject commands your sympathetic interest, as, of all others, you can fully realize the extent and malignity of the disease, and the urgency for suitable remedies.

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The Insane in Workhouses

  • M. J. Nolan (a1)
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