November 17, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(20):1660. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520200056008

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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.

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