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April 16, 1927

SAWDUST BEDS FOR THE HELPLESS UNTIDY INSANE

Author Affiliations

Lexington, Ky. Assistant Superintendent, Eastern State Hospital

JAMA. 1927;88(16):1235. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680420024010b
Abstract

Dr. F. G. LaRue, superintendent for the Eastern State Hospital at Lexington, Ky., noticed in the quarterly report for July of the Department of Public Welfare of Illinois a short description of sawdust beds, in use in a hospital in Bauch, Germany, for the helpless, untidy insane. This class of patients is the most troublesome of all in any hospital, and any provision that adds to their comfort and makes their care easier is worth installing.

He at once had them installed in the Eastern State Hospital for this class of patients, and the results have been so satisfactory after more than a year's trial that I feel that all hospitals should know of them. So far as I know, this is the only hospital in this country using them.

At present, there are thirty-four of these beds in use, and every one in charge, including the attendants, is highly

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