3 SEPTEMBER 1921, Page 15


[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR.") Sus,—Perhaps modern life has brought about nothing more remarkable than the increase in mental troubles. This is accounted for by the high pressure at which we live. There is the feeling that all mental troubles are the same, and there- fore if a person is afflicted the affair must be kept secret, and thus the proper cure may not be at once taken.

The brain, however, is, like other parts of the body, subject to temporafy inflammation or hurts, and should be treated as other ailments, and the patient should at once be sent to a home or asylum without in any way casting a slur upon the history of the family. Many, through overwork, get congestion of the brain, just as one _might have congestion of the lungs, but -we treat and cure the latter audit passes away and leaves no ill effects. The sooner the public look upon brain troubles from this standpoint the better. Even in the case of a serious mental trouble I fear the tendency of private nursing is not so good as the association with the other patients in a large