The Commissioners in Lunacy received a joint deputation of the British Medical Association and the Medico-Psychological Association at Whitehall Place, on the 27th May, when the matured proposals of the medical profession in regard to the temporary treatment of incipient insanity were judiciously stated. It will be remembered that this matter arose in consequence of a motion by Dr. Rayner, accepted by the meeting of the British Medical Association at Carlisle, to the effect that similar provisions should be introduced for England to those already existing in Scotland. The introduction of the Lunacy Bill to which we refer above affords an opportunity for this desirable procedure. Dr. Needham spoke favourably of the proposal, and put the matter in the right light by remarking that the essence of the proposal was the vagueness of the certificate as applicable to incipient cases, and the propriety of such a legal provision, if likely to regulate the illicit treatment of the insane now engaged in. Mr. Bagot, on the other hand, apparently prefers that every case of insanity should be swept into the asylums of the country, and holds that official information which is not necessarily followed up by official inspection is utterly futile. The unanimously favourable opinion of commissioners, specialists, and family physicians in Scotland, regarding this valuable provision of the Scottish Lunacy Acts, gets short shrift at the hands of Mr. Bagot. The result was that the deputation was advised to go direct to the Lord Chancellor.
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