We think the time has come when the operation of these Acts and the condition and character of Inebriate Retreats should be reviewed. More than a decade has elapsed since the first Act was passed, and it may be supposed, therefore, that sufficient opportunity has been given for the working of the fresh legislation which Parliament adopted as a consequence of a considerable amount of public feeling, and of the decided action taken by the medical profession. The last (the ninth) report of the Inspector, Dr. Hoffman, is before us, and from this we learn that no new institution of the kind has been opened during the year, but renewed licenses were granted for those already in existence, seven in number, and licensed for 94 patients in all. There were, however, only 49 patients resident in these institutions on December 31st, 1888. The name and situation of the Retreats were as follows:—
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