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March 7, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(10):785-786. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720360055019

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Psychopathic Hospitals in the French Colonies  A comprehensive article on the psychopathic hospitals of the French colonies has just been published. There are not so many of these but they are nearly all modern and remarkably well organized. They were built, in the first place, chiefly for the care of Europeans. The natives have a different idea of insanity from ours. The mental patient, as they view him, is a being inspired by some spirit and hence commands respect. But, with the increase in the number of native physicians and nurses, these ideas are becoming modified, and all the present hospitals are beginning to admit native mental patients, so that it has become necessary to provide several different sections, in order to separate the races and the sexes. The spread of alcoholism has contributed a great deal to the increase in the number of mental cases, both among the Europeans

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