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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 27, 2003


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(8):1104. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1104-a

CURRENT MEDICAL LITERATURE.—Jones points out how the stress of modern civilization and the tendency to urban concentration has increased insanity. While the present system of education has raised the general intelligence, it has destroyed the individuality to a large extent. Altruism is lessening. The well-to-do classes are more self indulgent, and as to the improvement of the workingman's conditions he thinks it has drawbacks as well as advantages. Higher wages seem only to increase discontent and the socialist tendency is one leveling down and crushing individual attempts to rise. He thinks that alcoholism in women is increasing. With the progress of civilization he says insanity is not only on the increase, but the occurring varieties are less curable. The physique of the urban population has deteriorated. The statistics of recovery are less favorable to-day than they were twenty-five years ago. Serious as the case may be we can not hope for or expect relief from the great financial and economic burden of providing accommodation for the insane in the future. If relief is to come it will be in some great change affecting the physical as well as the mental health of the masses of the people.

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