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The Proposed Hospitals for the Treatment of the Insane

  • T. Clifford Allbutt (a1)

My hearers will remember that in 1889 the London County Council, appalled by the multitudes of insane persons committed to its charge, formed a strong and compact Committee to inquire into the means of dealing with this damnosa hóreditas. The Chairman of this Committee was a medical man who possesses in exceptional measure the qualities needed for such a post. A general inquiry into the means of treating insanity being, I presume, regarded as too large a commission, it was decided to concentrate the inquiry upon a proposal to build in London a hospital with a visiting staff for the study and treatment of insanity.

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He reproaches us in the Report (p. 10) even for the use of the word lunacy. But I would point out that the attribution of power to the moon to influence the brain, though untrue, was a physical hypothesis legitimate in its kind.

The results steadily shown for some years past by Dr. Needham at Barn-wood seem to indicate that the physician of the insane is in no degree behind the general physician in his therapeutic successes, to say the least of it. I wonder how far Dr. Needham attributes his success to medical prescriptions?

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The Proposed Hospitals for the Treatment of the Insane

  • T. Clifford Allbutt (a1)
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