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An official of the state board of charities of one of our larger states is credited with the assertion that a large proportion of the insanity in women in cities is due to living in flats and that the isolation and monotony of such a method of existence is the cause. Hitherto, he says, the monotony of farm life has been regarded as a principal cause of female insanity, but now the city flats are running the farm a close second. While it is probable that the effects of farm life have been over-rated and that it is likely that those of flat buildings may possibly be subject to the same charge, it can not be denied that there is a possibility of evil in the great extension of the flat system of dwellings so far as the mental, as well as the physical, health of the community is concerned.
FLAT RESIDENCE AND INSANITY.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(20):1660. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520200056008