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Eleventh Census - Volume 2. Report on the Insane, Feeble-Minded, Deaf and Dumb, and Blind in the United States

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Introduction

The following report relates to the insane, the feeble-minded, the deaf and dumb, and the blind reported as living in the United States on June 1, 1890. The information with regard to these classes of the population was collected by the enumerators and reported on special schedules, one for each class. In the census of 1880, in addition to those belonging to these classes reported by the enumerators, a considerable number of insane, idiots, and deaf-mutes were reported upon special schedules by physicians throughout the country, amounting to 17.2 percent of the total insane, 29.2 percent of the total idiots, 4.4 percent of the total deaf-mutes, and 0.9 percent of the total blind reported for the Tenth Census. Such reports from physicians were not obtained in 1890, and this is probably the chief reason why the proportion of each of these three classes to total population is reported as somewhat less in 1890 than it was in 1880.

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