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Excerpt from a Presidential Address by H. V. Drew, F.R.C.S. read the Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Branch [of the BMA], Timaru, 1912—and published in NZMJ 1912 March;11(41):1–8.

The next subject I have to refer to is insanity, which is becoming very prevalent—I think I read the other day an article by Dr. Forbes Winslow in which he says that insanity has doubled in the last fifty years. i.e., that 50 years ago there was roughly one case in 600, to-day there is one in 300; and that is not all, for it seems to me that there must be a large number of unregistered lunatics outside the asylums. We watch a disease increasing, and instead of trying to stop it we tinker up the affected ones in order to return them to their families to propogate the mischief anew!

The same applies to the weak-minded and criminal. The average number of children in poor families is 7—whilst the average in those who alone should be allowed to reproduce their own species is 4!

I will now read the report of a case by a committee of the London County Council: "A female aged 67—had been admitted to Colney Hatch Asylum 16 times, other asylums 11 times, had had 12 children, 5 of whom were dead, mental history of many relations bad.”

The committee added:—It seems to us a striking illustration of need for legislation to prevent the increase of the unfit.—London Times, 8th, December, 1911.


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Excerpt from a Presidential Address by H. V. Drew, F.R.C.S. read the Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Branch [of the BMA], Timaru, 1912—and published in NZMJ 1912 March;11(41):1–8.

The next subject I have to refer to is insanity, which is becoming very prevalent—I think I read the other day an article by Dr. Forbes Winslow in which he says that insanity has doubled in the last fifty years. i.e., that 50 years ago there was roughly one case in 600, to-day there is one in 300; and that is not all, for it seems to me that there must be a large number of unregistered lunatics outside the asylums. We watch a disease increasing, and instead of trying to stop it we tinker up the affected ones in order to return them to their families to propogate the mischief anew!

The same applies to the weak-minded and criminal. The average number of children in poor families is 7—whilst the average in those who alone should be allowed to reproduce their own species is 4!

I will now read the report of a case by a committee of the London County Council: "A female aged 67—had been admitted to Colney Hatch Asylum 16 times, other asylums 11 times, had had 12 children, 5 of whom were dead, mental history of many relations bad.”

The committee added:—It seems to us a striking illustration of need for legislation to prevent the increase of the unfit.—London Times, 8th, December, 1911.


Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Contact diana@nzma.org.nz
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Excerpt from a Presidential Address by H. V. Drew, F.R.C.S. read the Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Branch [of the BMA], Timaru, 1912—and published in NZMJ 1912 March;11(41):1–8.

The next subject I have to refer to is insanity, which is becoming very prevalent—I think I read the other day an article by Dr. Forbes Winslow in which he says that insanity has doubled in the last fifty years. i.e., that 50 years ago there was roughly one case in 600, to-day there is one in 300; and that is not all, for it seems to me that there must be a large number of unregistered lunatics outside the asylums. We watch a disease increasing, and instead of trying to stop it we tinker up the affected ones in order to return them to their families to propogate the mischief anew!

The same applies to the weak-minded and criminal. The average number of children in poor families is 7—whilst the average in those who alone should be allowed to reproduce their own species is 4!

I will now read the report of a case by a committee of the London County Council: "A female aged 67—had been admitted to Colney Hatch Asylum 16 times, other asylums 11 times, had had 12 children, 5 of whom were dead, mental history of many relations bad.”

The committee added:—It seems to us a striking illustration of need for legislation to prevent the increase of the unfit.—London Times, 8th, December, 1911.


Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Contact diana@nzma.org.nz
for the PDF of this article

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