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Pilgrim State Hospital

It's Pilgrim State Hospital.. it's an abandoned mental hospital on Long Island.

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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.

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Continuous bath, photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt at Pilgrim State Hospital in 1936

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Pilgrim State Hospital - "originally designed to house 12,500 patients on 1900 acres of land" - constructed from 1930-1941 in Brentwood, New York, USA. " . . . holds the record of being the largest psychiatric hospital in the world" when population peaked at 16,000.

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Pilgrim State Hospital in 1936 by Alfred Eisenstaedt (LIFE Magazine)

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mental hospital nurses 1936 Absolutely fascinating article if you click through to the website printed in a 1930's LIFE magazine

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1936 morgue technician

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Pilgrim State Hospital - Abandoned Photography at Opacity

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Pilgrim State Hospital - Abandoned Photography at Opacity

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from TIME.com

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

<b>Not published in LIFE.</b> Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, 1938.

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