In the 1600s, two hospitals opened in the southeast of France to house and treat the destitute of the area. As with most of our facilities, they failed at this for a few hundred years before they started to make any headway. But by the mid-1800s, l’Hopital Bicetre and Hopital universitaire Pitie-Salpetriere, operated by the same doctors and superintendents, started to use moral treatment and other modern approaches to treating mentally ill patients.

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