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1853 The Lancet  
256 and there is no reason that a similar improvement should not be made at St. Luke's, where the utter inadequacy of the airing ground renders in-door occupation particularly essential. The Commissioners in Lunacy declare that the present site of this hospital is most objectionable, and express a hope that successful efforts may be made by the governors to remove it to the suburbs of London. They also state that the confinement of criminal patients in lunatic asylums, of the ordinary
more » ... n, as well with reference to their safe custody and the due protection of the public as with reference to the feeling of the general body of inmates with whom, when under treatment, they must be associated there, is open to grave objection." Might not the present edifice at Bethlem-which as I have shown elsewhere, is but ill adapted to the treatment of patients for cure-be converted with advantage into an asylum for criminals alone and the hospital itself be removed to a greater distance from London, where, as at Hanwell, land might be obtained for out-door employment ? Were this to be done, and the foundations of St. Luke's and Bethlem consolidated, and the Lincolnshire estates of the latter released from the trust for incurables, the utility of these hospitals would be very greatly extended. The necessity of a foundation for incurables is now quite superseded by the county asylums. The care of chronic patients and the treatment of recent cases are matters wholly
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