Nonfiction Resources on Insanity: Statistics

Beck, T. Romeyn. “Statistical Notices of Some of the Lunatic Asylums in the United States.” Transactions of the Albany Institute, Volume I. Albany, NY: Webster and Skinners, 1830. (Available from Google Books)

This discusses the cure rates, death, cause of death, and other interesting details from lunatic asylums of that era. Includes listing of eight patients who became ill from “excessive study” and “one from novel reading.”

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