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.

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.

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...

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...

Dorothea Williamson, shortly after her departure from Wilderness Heights. Despite the poor quality of the photograph, the effects of Dr. Hazzard’s ‘fasting treatment’ are clearly evident

Dorothea Williamson, shortly after her departure from Wilderness Heights. Despite the poor quality of the photograph, the effects of Dr. Hazzard’s ‘fasting treatment’ are clearly evident

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.

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.

Rabbit.  Brushing away the layer of paint in one of the rooms of the Verden Psychiatric Hospital revealed writings and drawings from a patient who seemed to have gotten ahold of a pencil or similar item.

Rabbit. Brushing away the layer of paint in one of the rooms of the Verden Psychiatric Hospital revealed writings and drawings from a patient who seemed to have gotten ahold of a pencil or similar item.

Autobiographical lace made by Adelaide Hall, a patient in a mental asylum in Washington around 1916

Autobiographical lace made by Adelaide Hall, a patient in a mental asylum in Washington around 1916

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