In the proceedings of the Twenty-ninth National Conference of Charities which has just appeared, there is an article on a system for the care of the insane so little known to Americans as to merit attention. It is written by Julia C. Lathrop, for some years a member of the Illinois State Board of Charities, who has personally observed this system in Scotland, France and Belgium. Briefly stated, this system consists of family care for certain classes of quiet patients.
The village of Gheel in Belgium is the classic instance of such care. Here for more than a thousand years patients have been received into the homes of the villagers as boarders, and at the present time the boarding of 2000 patients is the main industry in the commune with its 6000 inhabitants. About twenty years ago a similar colony for quiet patients was opened by the government at Lierneux