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Institutional care and treatment of inebriates began first in this country, and up to this time has attained a degree of development and prominence greater than that of any other country of the world. There are in Great Britain over forty asylums where inebriates are received and treated; and at least ten or twelve more in Europe; three are in India, two in Australia and New Zealand, and two opium hospitals are in operation in China. With the asylums in this country, the number will reach to about one hundred and twenty in the world. It is difficult to ascertain the exact number for the reason that many of these asylums are irregular in their work, and are associated with reformatories, sanatariums and homes for mental diseases.
In Europe they are often sectarian church homes, and in this country many are private enterprises, dependent on the caprice of the managers
CROTHERS TD. AMERICAN INEBRIATE ASYLUMS.Read before the Section of Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1893;XXI(14):471–477. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420660001001
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