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Hydrotherapy. Pilgrim State Hospital, 1936 by Alfred Eisenstaedt / Psychiatrists used water therapy to treat mental patients. Hyper patients got warm baths, while lethargic patients received cool sprays. Some doctors, however, used extreme measures, prescribing therapies that seemed more like punishment. Some patients were mummified in towels soaked in ice-cold water. Others were strapped down submerged in a bath for hours or even days were only allowed out to use the toilet.
Byberry Mental Hospital was the poster image for patient maltreatment. The hospital, in its most popular form, was founded in 1907, and known as the Byberry Mental Hospital. It exceeded its patient limit quickly, maxing out at over 7,000 in 1960. It housed everything from the mentally challenged to the criminally insane. Due to its atrocious conditions, and the sub-human treatment of its patients, the hospital was closed and abandoned in 1990.
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