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INSANE
Insane

Description

INSANE identifies persons who were considered "insane," as contemporaries understood that term. The 1860 instructions to enumerators stated that a person institutionalized for insanity should be so labeled, but someone "competent to manage his or her business affairs without manifesting any symptoms of insanity to an ordinary observer" should not be. "As a general rule," these instructions continued, "the term Insanity applies to individuals who once possessed mental faculties which have become impaired," not to persons suffering a mental disability from birth.

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Comparability

This variable is comparable across years. For some cases in 1880, additional information about the nature of the person's condition is available in the SICKNESS variable.

Universe

  • All persons. Not available in the 1880 100% database.

Availability

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  • 1860: All samples
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Editing Procedure

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