I. M., æt. about 38, on admission 25th August, 1863. No history was got about him as he had been found in a stupid condition wandering about the town, by the police, and sent at once to the asylum, being certified by the medical man who saw him to labour under “Stupidity, forgetfulness of words, and incoherence in answering questions.” After he became more sensible he was a particularly reticent man as to his previous history, never admitting that he took fits, and therefore resenting any enquiry as to what caused them, or how they came on. His obstinate silence may be inferred from the fact that he entirely baffled the Inspector of Poor and his assistants to find out his parish of settlement, his birth-place, or his relations; in fact the latter offered a reward of £10 to anyone in the asylum who would get from him definite information on these points, but without success. He admitted that he had drunk very hard, affirmed that he had been put here for drinking alone, and that he might have had “fainting turns” sometimes. He also admitted having had some sort of venereal disorder, and had, in fact, the cicatrices of healed buboes.
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