JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
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
Insanity.Insanity.. JAMA. 2003;290(8):1104. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1104-a