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The Propagation of Insanity and Allied Neuroses

  • S. A. K. Strahan (a1)

For the past thirty years our insane population, as recorded in the annual Reports of the Commissioners in Lunacy, has steadily increased at the rate of over 1,500 a year, until in December, 1888, it had reached the alarming total of 84,340. Nor can even this large total be taken as at all fully representing the number of our insane. According to the census returns in 1871, the Commissioners' figures represented only 82·1 per cent., and in ‘81 only 86·5 per cent. of those returned as idiotic and insane; and when we remember that the census returns were made by fathers and heads of families more likely to under than overstate the numbers of afflicted in their households, we may venture to estimate that at present our insane population is fast approaching the enormous total of 100,000.

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Paper read at the Quarterly Meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association, held at Bethlem Hospital, May 15th, 1890.

“Fortnightly Review,” May, 1886.

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“Science and Practice of Medicine.” Seventh Edition.

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The Propagation of Insanity and Allied Neuroses

  • S. A. K. Strahan (a1)
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