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May 23, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(21):1028. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430730030006

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It is stated in one of our exchanges that notice has been given in the British Parliament of a resolution to the effect that it is desirable in the interest of the general welfare that an international commission be appointed to investigate the causes of insanity, the rapid increase of which in all civilized countries is becoming one of the most important of the social questions of the times. Just what this proposed commission is expected to do is not stated and it is not, at first sight at least, easy to see what an international body can do to any greater advantage than one confined to a single country as regards direct beneficial results. Scientific questions, it is true, are not national ones in any limited sense, but for this very reason whatever of valuable truth is elicited in one country is at once common property to all, and

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