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The Forty-Ninth Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy, England, 20th July, 1895


It is somewhat refreshing for once to proceed to an examination of the Annual Report of the Commissioners in Lunacy without having to encounter, at the hands of the lay and medical press, the usual yearly erroneous deductions from the statistical tables therein contained, to the effect that insanity, in its more active phases, is making rapid strides among the populace. When the public can be made to grasp the simple fact, to urge no other just at present, that the Commissioners' figures deal with but a section of the occurring insane in England and Wales, they will probably be led to understand that the proportion of the total number of certified insane to the population, so regularly given by the Commissioners, tends to an utterly mistaken estimate of the prevalence of mental disease. This we have, with other cogent arguments, urged year after year in our reviews of this annual publication, and it must be understood that we deal with the statistical summaries given us officially, in so far only as relates to the number of certified insane.

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