From a male patient, J. W., æt. 54, who was admitted to Bethlem, November 28th, 1889. His daughter had previously been in Bethlem with puerperal insanity. He was said to have been subject to rheumatism and had had renal disease and dropsy at 21. For nine months before admission he had been on a farinaceous diet in consequence of severe dyspepsia. Three months before admission he became irritable and quarrelsome, neglected his business, and then subsequently refused to take food with his family. He then began to think he was poisoned, because, as he said, everything tasted and smelt of sulphur and phosphorus. He thought the lodgers in his house had conspired against him and contaminated his wife with these two drugs and also the air he breathed.
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