Lebanon hospital for mental diseases

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Asfourieh hospital was founded in 1900, and received its first psychiatric patient on August the sixth of that year. The last patient was discharged from Asfourieh in April 1982.

During those 82 years thousands of patients were hospitalized and treated at Asfourieh, and they received multiple modalities of treatment depending on the time frame they were in.

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SORTING OUT THE SHIPPING ROUTE AND THE SHIP LINER USED FOR A COVER FROM BEIRUT TO LONDON VIA MALTA IN 1845

This cover destined to London was written on May 6, and mailed out of Beirut on 10 May 1845 (fig 1), about six month before the opening of the French post office in Beirut on November 16 and before the shipping route service by the French Paquebots de la Mediterrannee (*) to that same city. Despite the authorization by the French since 1837 to allow the British Post have their mail transported from Alexandria to England overland through Marseilles, the cover in this case used instead the direct route to England (i.e. through Gibraltar).

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