Causes of Insanity, 1894-1896

17 10 2011

The following list was published in the 7th Biennial Report of the Oregon State Insane Asylum.  It lists “causes for insanity” of people admitted to the hospital between December 1894 and November 1896.

Cause Male Female Total
Brain Softening 1 1
Business Trouble 4 4
Childbirth 4 4
Christian Science 1 1
Concussion of Brain 1 1
Congenital 1 1
Cerebral embolism 5 5
Domestic Trouble 4 6 10
Disappointment in Love 1 2 3
Dissipation 2 2
Dementia 2 2
Epilepsy 22 8 30
Exposure and solitude 1 1
Exposure and sickness 3 3
Fright 1 1
Financial Trouble 7 7
Grief 2 5 7
General debility 1 1
Heredity 10 15 25
Hydrocephalus 2 2
Idiocy 5 3 8
Intemperance 28 3 31
Ill health 3 4 7
Injury to head 16 1 17
Injury 4 1 5
Injury and religion 1 1
Intemperance and epilepsy 1 1
La grippe 1 1
Loss of sleep 2 2
Lead poisoning 1 1
Morphine habit 18 5 23
Masturbation 24 24
Meningitis 2 2
Menopause 6 6
Morphine and cocaine 4 1 5
Mental strain 2 2
Melancholia 3 3
Nervous prostration 3 3
Old age 8 2 10
Overstudy 2 2
Overwork 2 4 6
Opium habit 4 3 7
Paralysis 6 1 7
Paranoia 1 1
Pneumonia 2 2
Puerperal trouble 4 4
Religion 9 6 15
Removal of ovaries 1 1
Spinal meningitis 2 2 4
Spiritualism 2 2 4
Syphilis 3 3
Solitude 2 2
Scarlatina 1 1
Starvation 1 1
Suppressed eruption 1 1
Sunstroke 5 5
Typhoid fever 1 1 3
Trouble 2 1 3
Tobacco 1 1
Unknown 199 76 275
Uterine disease 11 11
Worry 3 5 8
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