WORLD GETTING CRAZIER, HE SAYS. IN A FEW HUNDRED YEARS THE WHOLE EARTH WILL BE OUT OF ITS MIND
London Aug.1. The vision of a mad world and an era of lunacy was prophesied by Dr Forbes Winslow yesterday while expressing his dissent from the statement made at the Eugenics Congress by Dr Mott that increase in lunacy is more apparent than real. Dr. Winslow said: “There will be more lunatics in the world than sane people three hundred years hence. This prophecy is based on the present rate of the growth of lunacy revealed by recent returns. We are rapidly approaching a mad world. In every part othe world civilization is advancing and so insanity is bound to advance. There were 36,763 lunatics in 1850. There are now 136,000.
– Lethbridge Daily Herald, 02 August 1912, page 7.
Unearthed by Jane Harris Zsovan, Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s nasty little secret (Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford, 2010), p. 25
Who could refute a prophecy like that?
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