MENTAL TREATMENT ACT, 1930

R. G. Gordon
1930 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
numbler ecoi(ded in anv Pasteur ii1stitu1te in Iindia. There is evidence, however, that manyv deathIs occur ev-ery year amontg those wvho do not, or caninot, attenid the ilnstitute for treatment. In Bengal alone, excluding patienits who received treatment, at least 400 deaths froiii lhydriophobia were reported in 1928. The report states that, since about onie in every sixteen of the -unitreated cases is estinlated to develolp this disease, 1)robablv abouit 6,000 iersons in Ben(gal infected by
more » ... n(gal infected by rabid animnals received nlo treatment dulring the year. This figure is expected to be reduced as vacecine treatment becomes more w-ielyev available. Good results appear to hav-e followed the broadcasting of inforiiiationi about rabies by the Department of Puiblic Healtlh. Out of 7,529 persons treated, only 54 died of hydrophobia-a rate of 0.72 per cent. This is the lowest in the history of the institute. Medical Services of the G.I.P. Railway. TIme annual repoirt of the medical departnicnt of the Glreat Indiani Peninsuila Railway for 1929-30 is chiiegy conlcerned with the iincidence of malaria among the railway's employees, who Lnumber as a rule o-er a miiillion. In r-ecording a decrease of 10,000 cases during the year, Dr. IR. J. L. SladeIi, principal medieal and health officer, ,titess that tle, exjmeiidliture inenrre(l on the tr-eatinenit of this disease wa-.s niearlv a fifth of the total cost of sickness. Compared with the figuies of the previouis year, the most noticeable improvement-eridxmtnocune(i in the
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