August 16, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(7):544-545. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720070082023

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Mentally Ill Foreigners in France  In his annual report on the functioning of the asylums of the Seine, Dr. Auguste Marie, chief physician of the Asile clinique Sainte-Anne, mentions the large number of foreigners admitted to the special hospital services. The large percentage of mentally ill foreigners (10 per cent)—chiefly Belgians, Italians and Poles but also Russians, Swiss and orientals, is becoming a serious problem, especially as most of the cases are of an incurable nature. Dr. Marie has prepared statistics showing the number of mentally ill foreigners admitted to the psychopathic services since 1924. In two years and a half, 2,500 mentally ill foreigners belonging to thirty-six different nationalities from all parts of the world have been interned in Paris. The major portion of these were chronic cases. Many of them were evidently mentally ill when they left a foreign country for France, where they immediately become a burden

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