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The Presidential Address delivered at the Fifty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association, held in London on the 26th July, 1900

  • Fletcher Beach

First let me thank you very heartily for the high honour you have done me by electing me to the Presidential chair. When one looks over the names that have preceded me, from the time of Conolly downwards, one finds that it has been occupied by men of high talent, well known as workers in psychiatry, not only in this country, but abroad. To emulate them will be my endeavour, and I shall certainly do everything in my power to uphold the dignity and welfare of this Association.

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(1) For the information I have been able to give regarding the lives of these distinguished men I am indebted to the Journal of Mental Science.

(2) Resumé de ce que nous avons fait pendant quatorze mois, Esquirol et Seguin, 1838.

(3) Rapport sur l'Assistance des enfants, idiots, et dégénérés, par Bourneville, Lyons, 1894.

(4) In memory of Edouard Séguin, M.D., being remarks made by some of his friends at the lay funeral service held October 31st, 1880.

(5) éExtracts from the First Report of the Institution on the Abendberg, near Interlacheni Switzerland, for the Cure of Cretins, by Dr. Guggenbuhl, translated by W. Twining, M.D., 1845.

(6) For the information here given, and for that which follows as regards the provision made in Europe for this defective class, I am indebted to the report published by Bourneville in the Assistance, Traitement, et Éducationdes Enfants, Idiots, et Dégénérés, 1895.

(7) Brit. Med. Journ., August 18th, 1888.

(8) Report of the Royal Commission on the Blind, the Deaf and Dumb, etc., of the United Kingdom, 1889.

(9) The Feeble-minded Child and Adult, London: Swan, Sonnenschein & Co., 1893.

(10) Ibid.

(11) Prospectus of the Childhood Society.

(12) Report of the Departmental Committee of Defective and Epileptic Children, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1898.

(13) Mentally-Deficient Children; their treatment and training, by G. E. Shuttleworth, B.A., M.D., 2nd edit., London: H. K. Lewis, 1901.

(14) Article by Lombroso, published in the second number of the Kinderfehlen for 1896; quoted in the Journal of Psycho-Asthéniesfor December, 1897.

(15) Journal of Psycho-Asthénies for June, 1899.

(16) Inter-Colonial Medical Journal, February 2Oth, 1900.

(17) Journal of Psycho-Asthénies for March, 1899.

(18) Treatment of Imbeciles and Epileptics, by Dr. J. M. Rhodes, C.C., and Alderman McDougall, J.P., Manchester, 1897.

(19) Leaflet issued by the National Society for the Employment of Epileptics.

(20) “Reformatory Enterprise: its Pioneers and Principles,” a paper read by William Morgan at the Fourth Conference of the National Association of Certified and Industrial Schools, held in London, in 1888, and published in a Report of the Congress.

(21) Ibid.

(22) Report to the Secretary of State for the Home Department of the Departmental Committee on Reformatory and Industrial Schools, vol. i, 1896.

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The Presidential Address delivered at the Fifty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association, held in London on the 26th July, 1900

  • Fletcher Beach
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