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September 1, 1883

The Prevention of Insanity.

JAMA. 1883;I(8):251-252. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390080027011

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This is a neatly-printed pamphlet of twenty-three pages, written by one of the most earnest and intelligent cultivators of sanitary science and vital statistics in our country. As the author justly states, very much has hitherto been done to ameliorate the condition of the insane, and cure such cases as might be curable, but little or no organized measures have been taken to prevent or limit the prevalence of insanity in its various forms. Yet he claims that it is to a large extent a preventable disease. In proof of this, he first makes the following quotations from the late Sir James Coxe:

" Insanity is a disease of ignorance,—ignorance of the human organism, and the laws that regulate it; and the only way to check its growth is by a general diffusion of a knowledge of these laws, and the use of all those means necessary for the preservation of

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