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October 11, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(15):919. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480410043010

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Some of the newspapers in this country have picked up a press report of the recent utterances of a French physician that seek to establish a correlation between the increase of insanity and the spread of popular education. This is not a new idea; it has long been held that much of the increase of insanity is due to the increasing complexity in modern life and the educational demands are only the attempt to meet the changed conditions. It is not education that increases insanity; it is the condition that needs education as its antidote. The old saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing is true enough, and a misused knowledge of reading devoted only to ephemeral and morbid publications, the dime novel and the yellow press does not conduce to the best mental health. This, however, hardly comes under the head of education, and it is a

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