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The Lunacy Bill


“An Act to amend the Acts relating to lunatics,” passed the House of Lords on April 16. Although its death and burial appear imminent,* it is only right to acknowledge the amendments introduced since the Bill was originally brought in by the Lord Chancellor. In the comments which we made in the last number of the Journal, on the form in which it then appeared, we pointed out some of the very objectionable clauses which it contained. It is satisfactory to know that should the Bill ever pass in its present form, the mischief done will be greatly lessened, in consequence of the pressure which has been brought to bear upon the framer of the Bill. Vested interests in proprietary asylums have been respected; the complete abolition of the system of single patients has been withdrawn, and County Justices are left to their discretion in regard to their provision of public asylums for private patients. Medical men are also still further protected from vexatious actions in lunacy. On many minor points the Lord Chancellor was induced to make modifications in the direction desired by the medical bodies, which have taken the Bill into their consideration and represented their opinions to his lordship.

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* Since the above was in type, a forcible letter, written by Dr. Batty Tuke, has appeared in the “Lancet” (May 30), enforcing the same opinion.

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The British Journal of Psychiatry
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