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January 16, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(3):131-132. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440030035006

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The successful results of the efforts of Dr. Frederick Peterson and his associates in the establishment and maintenance of the Craig Colony, New York, should be a stimulus to the development of similar organizations for the rational and economic care and treatment of epileptics in other States. The model settlement at Bielefeld, Germany, has furnished indisputable proof of the benefits of the colony or village system over any hospital or house of refuge for persons afflicted with nervous and mental disorders, and the Craig Colony has further substantiated this fact in this country.

Although only at intervals incapacitated for labor and social intercourse, the epileptic is unfortunately debarred by his malady from the usual avenues of self-sustenance and mental and moral development. Relegated to charity hospitals and almshouses he becomes an easy prey to all degenerative tendencies, and either drifts into insanity or is soon a hopeless invalid and a

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