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July 17, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290044008

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In addition to the great amount of amusement and edification derived from the works of Charles Dickens, it is a well known fact that several of his writings called attention so emphatically to various existing abuses that these errors in administration, or in habit, were speedily corrected. It is stated that Hood's "Song of the Shirt" did more toward relieving the condition of a certain class of sewing women than many years of charitable endeavor extended in other directions. It seems to us that Italy needs a Charles Dickens or a Thomas Hood to call attention generally to the very extraordinary condition of affairs which a correspondent of the London Lancet asserts exists in the Foundling Hospital at Naples. This correspondent asserts that this particular institution is no worse than many other institutions of its kind established "in the great centers of population where the large celibate communities of both

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