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March 26, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(13):1099-1100. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730390053023

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The Colony of Mental Patients at Lierneux  The Société de médecine mentale de Belgique held a session recently at the colony of mental patients in Lierneux, when Mr. Massaut gave an account of this colony, in which mental patients are hospitalized in the families of villagers. The reasons for choosing the village of Lierneux for the colony were its distance from all centers, its absence of factories, its vast area (6,000 hectares), and its division into fourteen hamlets. The organizers wished to establish an experimental center for the care of mental patients; they desired to combine a familial colony, an asylum or retreat, an infirmary for intercurrent disorders and a lazaret for contagious diseases. The plan included general services: laundry, kitchen, store-rooms, offices, bathrooms and laboratories. The war interrupted the work, but the buildings and improvements were taken up again after the war closed. During the period 1924-1928, several pavilions

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