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November 16, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(20):864-865. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430460030001m

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My article entitled, " The Essential of Insanity," which appeared in the Journal of October 19 contained an argument supporting the proposition that " where there is no delusion there is no insanity, for the mind that is competent to comprehend facts and their bearings within the scope of its education and the limits of ordinary surroundings is a mind capable of correction on any error; and conversely, a mind that is not thus competent must of necessity beget delusion of one form or another which it is as incompetent to discharge, no matter what the evidence combating."

Since the presentation of that article for publication (last spring) I find in the present autumn number of Brain, p. 328, the following words of Prof. C. Mercier, of London, in his discussion of a paper by Dr. Batty Tuke. Dr. Mercier expresses his gratification at Dr. Tuke's complete acceptance of the doctrine, which,

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