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August 14, 1937

Family Care of Mental Patients: A Review of Systems of Family Care in America and Europe

JAMA. 1937;109(7):529. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780330057028

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This is an interesting volume dealing with an important phase of psychiatry. With the increase in the number of admissions into our state hospitals a tremendous building program is in the offing, and this brings the hopelessness of psychiatric cases to the public attention, perhaps to a greater extent than it should be. Dr. Pollock has collected information from a number of American and foreign sources, pointing out that in the case of the feebleminded and certain types of psychiatric patients a number of the more harmless can be farmed out in the smaller communities to live as a member of the family in private homes. This procedure is not new, for it has been carried out for a long time in Belgium and other parts of Europe, and as far back as 1860 it was proposed in Massachusetts. The present volume is rather more of a symposium than a

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