Reviews and Blog Posts: Kirkbride

Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals

by Christopher Payne

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We now think of them as snakepits but state asylums were built on the premise of "moral treatment" in which patients were provided care, routine, entertainment, fresh air & enobling vistas. At one point, a half million Americans resided in asylums, leading to overcrowding & the desperate conditions that form...

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