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December 10, 1938

Government Services

JAMA. 1938;111(24):2222. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790500060018

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Government Dedicates Narcotic Hospital at Fort Worth  The U. S. Public Health Service hospital for narcotic addicts at Fort Worth, Texas, the second of its type, was dedicated October 28. Dr. Thomas Parran, surgeon general, U. S. Public Health Service, made the dedicatory address and other speakers were Dr. Lawrence Kolb, assistant surgeon general in charge of the division of mental hygiene of the public health service, and James V. Bennett, director of the bureau of prisons of the department of justice. The new institution covers 1,400 acres and cost $4,000,000. It includes an administration building, a clinical ward building, a maximum custody ward, residences for personnel and maintenance structures. A prolonged treatment building for advanced cases of addiction will be ready in 1939. The first narcotic hospital at Lexington, Ky., was opened in 1935. It is said that the Fort Worth unit places less emphasis on custodial features, such

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