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The policy of treating the mentally ill in hospitals and otherPinel system: The policy of treating the mentally ill in hospitals and otherinstitutions 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 Bic�tre Hospital in 1793 and shortly thereafter director of the Salp�triere Hospital, also in Paris, and who cut the chains from the inmates in both institutions.