Deadly vulnerabilities: The provisioning of psychiatric asylums in occupied Belgium (1914-1918)

Anne Roekens, Benoît Majerus

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For those curious about the situation in Belgian psychiatric institutions during World War I (WW I), a book on the provincial institute of Lierneux indicated that its director Dr. Massault could not help but observe the decline in the number of patients over the course of these tragic years: shortly after the armistice of 1918, only 288 of the mentally ill placed in care remain (out of 376 patients): dif cult times, inadequate food allowances, the Spanish [in uenza] epidemic hunted a signi cant share of boarders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-48
Number of pages31
JournalBelgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis/ Revue Belge de Histoire Contemporaine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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