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Mental Disease in Russia.

In one of his lectures as a member of the Commission of Public Health, Prussia, Professor Finkelburg states that one person in 450 is Effected with insanity, and he points out that though, among the working classes, lack of physical and intellectual education, insufficient food, unhealthy dwellings, and a certain indolence of mind contribute partly to the evil, it is chiefly the abuse of alcoholic liquors that fills the lunatic asylums as well as the prisons. In the former, drunkards figure to the extent of a fifth, and in the prisons, two-fifths of the total. With regard to educated people, the causes of their insanity are naturally very different, ' and often date from the earliest education. Professor Finkelburg shows that continual activity and the suitable exercise of all the faculties*are necessary to the preservation of intellectual and physical health, for it is the idlers that furnish the greatest number of hypochondriacs.

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Mental Disease in Russia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 278, 25 February 1881

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Mental Disease in Russia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 278, 25 February 1881

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