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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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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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It's Pilgrim State Hospital.. it's an abandoned mental hospital in Long Island.. I lived right by it before I moved south. Still regretting being too chicken shit to go in..

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Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Pilgrim State Hospital | Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938 | LIFE.com

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before the "major tranquilizers" -- Patient in a continuous bath at Pilgrim State Hospital, 1936 by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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Nurse at Pilgrim State Hospital in Long Island in 1936 ~ Photography by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE Magazine / Opacity

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