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Lunacy Administration in Berlin and in Scotland, with Special Reference to the Care of the Insane in Private Dwellings

  • John Sibbald (a1)

It was first demonstrated on a large scale, by what was observed in the “Insane Colony” at Gheel, in Belgium, which, some fifty years ago, began to attract the attention of those engaged in lunacy administration, that a large number of the insane may be suitably provided for in private dwellings. It is now more or less widely recognized that in many cases they can be provided for in this way better than in asylums; and as regards the insane poor that they can often be thus provided for in a way not only conducive to their own welfare, but also at less cost to the public. This fact has received its most complete and systematic recognition in the lunacy administration of Scotland. Practical effect has been given to this recognition in various ways both on the continent of Europe and in America. One of the most recent and important steps in this direction has been taken by the authorities of the great city of Berlin, and it is proposed to give an account of what has been done by the Berlin authorities in the following paper.

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Verwaltungs-Bericht des Magistrate zu Berlin für die Zeit vom 1st April, 1891, bis 31 März, 1892.

See “Archiv. f. Psychiatrie,” Band i., p. 36, etc. The writer, who was honoured by the intimate friendship of Professor Griesinger, well remembers the enthusiastic eloquence with which he discussed the lessons to be learned at Gheel.

“Die familiale Verpflegung Geisteskranker (System der Irren-Colonie Gheel) der Irren-Anstalt der Stadt Berlin zu Dalldorf in den Jahren 1885, bis 1893.” Von Dr. Alfred Bothe. Berlin. Verlag von Julius Springer. 1893.

Up to 1893 the boarding out was administered as a branch of the organization of the Dalldorf Asylum. Since the opening of the Herzberge Asylum the eastern half of Berlin has been allotted to the Dalldorf Asylum and the western half to the Herzberge Asylum, and the administration of the boarding out has been divided in the same way. Dr. Otto, the physician-in-chief at Herzberge, had, as assistant physician under Dr. Sander, the superintendence of the boarding out from Dalldorf during the first years of its operation.

“Familiale Verpflegung,” etc., p. 115.

Op. cit. p. 96.

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Lunacy Administration in Berlin and in Scotland, with Special Reference to the Care of the Insane in Private Dwellings

  • John Sibbald (a1)
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