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December 27, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(26):923. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410520007005

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Blindness in Russia.  —There are said to be no fewer than 189,872 blind persons in European Russia, Poland, and the Caucasus. In Russia the proportion of blind per 10,000 inhabitants is 21; in the Caucasus it is 15 for men and 14 for women; while in Poland it is only 7. There are three regions in Russia where blindness is particularly prevalent—in the extreme north-west to the west of the White Sea, in the east near the Asian frontier, and in the west near the Polish frontier. The condition is said to be on the increase, chiefly owing, it is supposed, to the spread of purulent ophthalmia neonatorum.

The First Insane Asylum in China.  —A committee has been formed in Canton, under the chairmanship of Dr. J. G. Kerr, to obtain funds for founding an insane asylum for Chinese. At the present time there is no such institution in the

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