Hygiene of Nerves and Mind in Health and Disease

9780217851596: Hygiene of Nerves and Mind in Health and Disease

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1907. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC OR SOCIAL NERVE HYGIENE IN this little book, intended principally for the laity, there can be no question of making definite proposals for the building of lunatic asylums, nerve sanatoriums, and the like. Only a few general requirements whose fulfilment seems to me very desirable can be stated here as briefly as possible: 1. The extension of the fundamental principles of the country training-homes to all schools. 2. For the suitable and appropriate care of habitual criminals, vagrants, incurable alcoholics, etc., and to make them permanently uninjurious, special agricultural establishments with workshops and compulsory work should be established. These should consist of different pavilions for the various different purposes and should be placed under the direction of an alienist and under legal supervision. From these institutions alcohol and all narcotics should be banished.1 Institutions of this sort for the permanent care of individuals of diminished responsibility who 1 See Forel: La question des asiles pour alcoolisis incurables, VII Congrds international contre tabus des boissons alcooliques, 1899, tome II, page 92, Paris, 5 Rue de Latran; also Revue midicale de la Suisse romande, aout 1899, Geneve, Georg; and Forel et Mahaim: Crimes et anomalies mentales constitutionelles, Geneve, KGndig, 1902. are at the same time very injurious or dangerous to the community should be provided for by law. 3. The alcoholising and degeneration of society caused by our drinking customs should be combated by a progressive promotion of total abstinence. Experience has shown that the most effective measure is local option, by which an electoral majority of the adult men and women of a community has the right to prohibit the sale of alcoholic be...

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