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January 20, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(3):178. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460030052016

Like many another great project, state provision for the epileptic moves slowly. The five states, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas, are the only ones that have really furnished state care for their several epileptic populations. Many other states are outlining their needs for colonies for epileptics and are urging legislative action. The colonization of these in America, the scheme apparently meeting with most success, was first agitated by Dr. Frederick Peterson of New York, in 1887. Dr. Peterson's inspiration in the matter was largely drawn from the successful Bethel Colony for Epileptics, Bielefield, Germany, where some 1500 are now grouped together on the village or colony plan. Mr. Letchworth1 sets forth the essential principles urged by those engaged in colonizing epileptics, which is to provide an ample acreage for the prospective village, centrally located in the state, in which small homes may be built for its