Medicine: Capsules, Oct. 22, 1951

¶ The ancient idea that madness is connected with the moon's phases ("lunacy") may have had something in it after all: a Virginia psychiatrist and a Washington astronomer found that of 2,875 women admitted to a state hospital, the greatest number entered at full moon; among 2,984 men, admissions were heaviest right after the new moon. Just what did the moon have to do with it? The two scientists didn't begin to know: they just had their figures.

¶ Yale University's Student Mental Hygiene Service proudly announced that in its 25 years it has given first aid to more than 8,000 emotionally...

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