I have been disappointed rather than surprised that no one has given us a full and useful analysis of the Statistics of the Causes of Insanity and of the Occupations of the Patients admitted into Asylums during the year 1876, in the Thirty-First Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy; at present they are a mere rudis indigestaque moles, and I must say that the effort to extract much valuable meaning from them appears to be an arduous one. Thinking that the Tables given in continuation of the same series in the Thirty-Second Report may meet a similar fate of neglect, I somewhat rashly propose to endeavour, if not to extract their full meaning, at least to state what are the facts they most clearly enounce, and, if possible, to suggest a meaning for them. I do this the more readily that they are not an extensive series, and are, therefore, somewhat manageable, and may admit that they have a certain attraction for me, as the most remarkable novelty they demonstrate happens to be a circumstance that on a small scale I have been aware of for some years, and had frequently thought it desirable to have tested on larger numbers, and yet is one to which I do not recollect ever to have seen attention directed. This circumstance is the frequency with which, in comparison with other lunatics, the general paralytic is married.
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