Confinement & Treatment of the Insane
Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard operated a sanitarium called Wilderness Heights, where she administered her "fasting treatment" to patients... most of whom died. Dr. Hazzard’s shady doings of starving her patients, stealing their money, property and valuables and then saying that things went ‘horribly, horribly wrong’ during treatment came to a shuddering halt in 1911, when one of two English sisters signed up for "treatment" survived to tell the tale...
In the Fall of 1910 Claire and Dora Williamson, two wealthy British sisters came upon an advertisement in a Seattle newspaper - "Dr. Linda B. Hazzardʻs Fasting Cure" promised great health. In 1911 the sisters started the treatment. The following months turned into hell. The sisters were isolated, deceived, manipulated, robbed of their entire estate and starved. One sister died. The other sister, narrowly escaping death, set out to prove that the doctor was guilty of murder.
Written on the wall of an abandoned mental asylum
Victorian treatment for mental patients. Often women were diagnosed as hysterical (anything from depression to anxiety) & placed in these cages. Any patient who was just upset in general were locked in these cages. Like farm factory animals, there was no room to bend the legs, sit up or move. Cruel treatment....If you weren’t insane when they put you into this contraption, you soon would be.
ca. 1869, [Prisoner no. 2517 at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire;, head supported by warden], Henry Clarke
1918: At the "Eastern Asylum for the Colored Insane" in North Carolina, women participate in "work therapy" -- picking cotton. Good historic overview of psychiatric institutions in the age of segregation at : www.patdeegan.com...
from the State Old Insane and Penal Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio - patients from the State Institute for the Feebleminded and inmates from the Ohio Pennetentiary