It is the widespread prevalent opinion that the economic strain and material loss of the present financial crisis has been provocative of a great increase in mental ill health. There have been many statements in the lay press and a few in the medical press regarding this relationship, but many of these statements, though of good authority, are opiniated generalities; a few, however, are the result of case studies, and it is in these that we are interested in this paper.
Statistics on the number of first admissions to state and government hospitals in the states of New York and Massachusetts are presented by Thom,1 which show an increase only from 73.6 per hundred thousand of population in 1927 to 76.9 in 1931 in New York, and from 68 per hundred thousand of population in 1927 to 70.8 in 1931 in Massachusetts. It is his conclusion that "there is
MENNINGER WC, CHIDESTER L. THE RÔLE OF FINANCIAL LOSSES IN THE PRECIPITATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS. JAMA. 1933;100(18):1398–1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740180020006
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