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Warnock, J.
Twenty-eight Years' Lunacy Experience in Egypt.
Journal of Mental Science. 30 1924, 579-612
An interesting recital of the administrative end of certification of insanity and observation with a discussion of the forms of mental disease most common in Egypt. Suicide was found much less frequent and consequently less protection was necessary. On the other hand, violent and homicidal tendencies were much prevalent. The procedure in treatment has been along the lines of English mental hospitals, and experiment has proved to a great extent that the principle of nonrestraint could be applied successfully to other races. "The lack of permanence and finality in nearly everything, the rapid relapse of a reformed abuse if not watched, the great personal responsibility where no law or appeal exist and the consequent gravity of a single mistake, and the amount of routine work due to the inefficiency of the subordinate officials, have often rendered the life almost a slavery. There being such little expert assistance, one has had to work at high pressure, always in a hurry. What will happen to the insane in Egypt when independence is completely carried out--nearly all English officials can be removed legally by April, 1927--is a matter for speculation."
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