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February 29, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):436-437. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610038007

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A homeopathic alienist down east has the credit of making the suggestion that early rising is a potent cause of insanity and is accountable for the undue prevalence of that disorder among the farming community, who are notoriously given to the practice that the old nursery rhyme so mistakenly says makes one "healthy, wealthy and wise." The suggestion contains two propositions, apart from that that early rising is bad for the mental health, viz., that agriculturalists are specially liable to insanity, and that this liability is largely due to this special cause. It is probable that most of us are not very zealous to prove the healthfulness of early rising; we are largely inclined to consider it rather as a necessary evil altogether aside from its unsanitary aspects, and the doctor's theory will be an acceptable one to a large majority. Whether it is well founded or not need not

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