Although it would be untrue to say that this is a valuable contribution to science, yet that it is an important addition to medical literature no one will deny. In it we see fresh evidence of the fact that asylum physicians are becoming more and more alive to the necessity for asserting themselves, and showing themselves in their true colours. If they do nothing else they will furnish an excellent answer to certain disappointed men who, having failed to establish themselves in practice, have assumed the dignity of censors of their medical brethren. Judging all men by their own standard, they have not failed to single out asylum physicians as an object of attack, and have charged them with all the sins of incompetence, negligence, and ignorance. For nearly a year these unfortunate men could hardly take up a medical paper without seeing a violent attack on the manner in which they performed their duties, and not only did the medical journals assail them, but also a certain portion of the daily press, taking its cue from these writers, heaped on abuse and censure until the most impartial reader began to think that the asylum doctors must be a set of the most unmitigated ruffians under the sun. Of the unfairness of this we will say nothing now; we hope that a more generous spirit will prevail in future, and that physicians in asylums will rather be encouraged to do well than violently abused for occasionally making those mistakes to which all human beings are liable.
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