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March 10, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(10):626. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460100048009

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Occasionally we read of the high tension at which men now live, such comments usually being called forth by the abrupt ending of the career of some busy man. This furnishes the text for a discourse on the rapidity of this age and a lecture on the advisability of conserving the nervous form and not over-using the brain. Not infrequently, statements are made that insanity is increasing and that this is due to the excessive employment of people in brain work.

In the first place, it is not positively known that insanity is increasing. Nothing can be predicated from the statistics obtainable in this country, on this question, but in England the records have been kept with considerable accuracy, and a careful study of their statistics would not enable one to say positively that insanity was on the increase. The whole number of lunatics in public and private institutions has

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