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November 22, 1890

REMARKS ON INSANITY.

JAMA. 1890;XV(21):759-760. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410470023003

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Abstract

There can be no greater misfortune than insanity,—disease of the highest expression of life, —that complex manifestation which for want of a more descriptive name is referred to as mind. It seems indeed a fortunate thing for our race that disease of the organic basis of mind is far less frequent than disease of other less important organs. It would seem as if a Divine wisdom had thrown a protective arm around the flower of all human existence, to ward off the arrows of disease and of decay, for certainly in the immense majority of cases it is preserved intact through many years of the gravest forms of bodily illness. Nevertheless this is one of the human realities and is a constant problem in the minds of all having a regard for the highest development of the race.

Perhaps no other thing furnishes more material for serious consideration respecting insanity,

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