In the Twenty-first Annual Report of the Trustees of the State Lunatic Hospital at Northampton, Massachusetts, we were attracted by a paragraph headed as above. Dr. Pliny Earle has taken to heart the complaint of some critic that superintendents of asylums do not give people any instruction as to the means of preventing insanity. In order to remove this reproach, he has made the following remarks, which, though brief, he considers to be compendious, and to cover the whole ground. They may, he thinks, furnish texts, or the suggestion of texts, for several scores of essays or sermons, and “philanthropists, humanitarians, or ministers of the churches may thus make use of them, and disseminate the knowledge to a multifold extent.” Here they are:—
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