This Westminster Review article reviews a recent report by the Metropolitan Commissioners in Lunacy into the state of the treatment of the mentally ill in British asylums. Although the system was still flawed, the reviewer suggests that positive improvements have taken place regarding accommodation and programmes of treatment. In addition, the author comments that the British public were starting to hold more enlightened towards mental illness. 

Printed in 1845, the review and report provide an interesting point of comparison for Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, published roughly three years later, in which the mentally ill Bertha Mason is kept imprisoned in the attic of Thornfield Hall.