In these sheets, reprinted from the Irrenfreund, Nos. 11, 12, 1898, Dr. Brosius gives us some account of the associations for the assistance of the insane which have been formed in German-speaking lands. The first of these was founded in Nassau, but was given up on the death of Lindpaintner in 1829. There is one in Vienna which has now lasted half a century, and one in Styria founded thirty-two years ago. There are now nine in the different cantons of Switzerland, some of which are well supported. Dr. Brosius mentions as many in Germany. The Westphalian Association of St. John founded in 1881 the institution for idiots at Marsberg, which now gives shelter to 329 inmates. The common object of these associations is to help dismissed lunatics, and to give succour to the families of those who have lost their breadwinners through their being sent to asylums. Some of them also give assistance to epileptics who are not insane. Dr. Brosius mentions that Dr. Jules Morel, the physician of the State asylum at Mons, has exerted himself to found a similar society in Belgium, and Dr. Bourneville has done the same in France. Dr. Brosius observes that, besides the charitable work done by these praiseworthy associations, they have formed a useful intermediary between the asylums and the public, and have helped to dispel the distrust with which asylums are regarded by the ignorant.
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