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March 31, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(13):821-822. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460130053014

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It is a common opinion that the periods of great social or political stress and commotion are productive of insanity. The war in South Africa, affecting as it does so many British families, has been expected to have already established a record in this regard, but so far as can be learned no cases of insanity attributable to this cause have yet been seen. The superintendent of a large British asylum is said to have explained this by what he calls "the selfish and unaltruistic nature of mankind." This would almost seem as capable of an interpretation that he regretted the lack of boom to his special business, though certainly nothing could have been farther from his mind. It is probable that Great Britain has not as yet all the effects of this kind from the Transvaal War. The immediate results are often slight, but the remoter effects begin to

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