Punch,  41 (1861), 95.

Infirmaries for Drunkards



News-Commentary, Drollery


Narcotics, Mental Illness, Hospitals, Government

    Arguing that the only plausible part of the word 'Dipsomania' is 'mania', laments the case of a 'maniac of the tipsy class' who killed himself by jumping out of window. Provides an extract of a report which recounts that relatives of the deceased could not restrain him by sending him to a lunatic asylum because they did not possess a medical certificate. Urges that 'Humanity must admit that the suicide of a sot' should be prevented and expects that it will take a statesman being struck by a falling drunkard to make an 'Act for the safe Custody and Care of Persons afflicted with Delirium Tremens'.

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