Rosemary Kennedy.  Received a lobotomy at age 23 for supposed mood swings and stormy personality. After the surgery Rosemary was reduced to an infantile mentality that left her incontinent and staring blankly at walls for hours. Her verbal skills were reduced to unintelligible babble. In 1949, Rosemary moved to an institution and was visited on regular occasions by her sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Rosemary Kennedy. Received a lobotomy at age 23 for supposed mood swings and stormy personality. After the surgery Rosemary was reduced to an infantile mentality that left her incontinent and staring blankly at walls for hours. Her verbal skills were reduced to unintelligible babble. In 1949, Rosemary moved to an institution and was visited on regular occasions by her sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Rhoda Derry was sent to the Adams County Poor House as she was believed to have been possessed by an evil spirit. For many years she lived in a basket lined with straw and her legs drew up until her knee nearly touched her chin. Her muscles became so atrophied it was impossible for her to move her legs or hips. She scratched at her eyes until she went blind, beat her face until her front teeth were knocked out and she lost her ability to speak. In 1904 she was placed in the Bartonville…

Rhoda Derry was sent to the Adams County Poor House as she was believed to have been possessed by an evil spirit. For many years she lived in a basket lined with straw and her legs drew up until her knee nearly touched her chin. Her muscles became so atrophied it was impossible for her to move her legs or hips. She scratched at her eyes until she went blind, beat her face until her front teeth were knocked out and she lost her ability to speak. In 1904 she was placed in the Bartonville…

A female patient in restraining jacket Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Brentwood, NY 1938

A female patient in restraining jacket Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Brentwood, NY 1938

alone - isolated - bound to one's self - can you imagine the induced dependency and what that does to the human spirit ?

alone - isolated - bound to one's self - can you imagine the induced dependency and what that does to the human spirit ?

GUY'S HOSPITAL: LIFE IN A LONDON HOSPITAL, ENGLAND, 1941. This patient has been marked on the forehead with 'M 1/4' meaning that they have received a 1/4 grain of morphine before arrival at the hospital.

GUY'S HOSPITAL: LIFE IN A LONDON HOSPITAL, ENGLAND, 1941. This patient has been marked on the forehead with 'M 1/4' meaning that they have received a 1/4 grain of morphine before arrival at the hospital.

Martha Bacon was sent to Broadmoor after stabbing her two young children to death

Portraits of madness: Some were brilliant. All had a compulsion to kill. Broadmoor's first inmates caught on camera

Martha Bacon was sent to Broadmoor after stabbing her two young children to death

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