JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
BY CHARLES H. SHEPARD, M.D.BROOKLYN, N. Y.
Centuries of neglect and mismanagement have emphasized the fact that
insanity is an affliction both singular and terrible, and at the same time
a reproach to society, but modern science has proved that the early stages
of the disease are as tractable as are those of other diseases, and we are
not without hope in the more advanced stages.
While the increase of insanity may be due to heredity, and the strain
of modern civilization on weak brains is a most potent factor, certainly the
enormous use of narcotics in the shape of tea, coffee, tobacco, and alcohol,
not to mention the indiscriminate use of other drugs, is responsible for 75
per cent. of this disease.
INSANITY AND THE TURKISH BATH.. JAMA. 2000;283(10):1259. doi:10.1001/jama.283.10.1259