Medical Definition of Pinel system

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Pinel system: The policy of treating the mentally ill in hospitals and other institutions humanely and without the use of forcible restraints of any type.

Named for the great French psychiatrist, Philippe Pinel (1745-1826), who was named director of the Bicêtre Hospital in 1793 and shortly thereafter director of the Salpêtriere Hospital, also in Paris, and who cut the chains from the inmates in both institutions.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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