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    TREPINATION - The basic theory behind this "therapy" holds that insanity is caused by demons lurking inside the skull. Boring a hole in the patient’s head creates a door through which the demons can escape, and – viola! – out goes the crazy. Through the years, archaeologists have uncovered skulls marked by a carefully cut circular gap. From the Neolithic era to the early 20th century, cultures all over the world used it was way to cure patients of their ills.

    A Terrifying Asylum Tour Of The Past

    Insane Asylums Mental Hospitals | Traverse City State Hospital (Historic Asylums) - Historic Photos

    Kalamazoo Insane Asylum, 1870's

    doctor and inmate, mental hospital 1936

    Complete list of insane asylums and history in America. Before 1844, the mentally ill were stashed away in prisons and the basements of public buildings. But in the middle of the 19th century, reformers like Dorothea Dix pushed to improve the standing of those with serious mental illness, an effort that led to the construction of sprawling psychiatric hospitals. Click picture to see ebook.

    Pilgrim State Hospital - Abandoned Photography at Opacity

    Pilgrim State Hospital - Abandoned Photography at Opacity

    Pilgrim State Hospital - Abandoned Photography at Opacity

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    Insane Asylum Patients | Asylum Tours | Canton Asylum

    one of America's most haunted abandoned asylums

    Even in the 19th century, psychiatrists saw patients with eating disorders. These images, published in Paris in 1892, depict a young woman with "visceral hysteric anorexia" who gradually gave up eating until she developed cachexia - a condition where the body is so malnourished it can't be reversed. Back then, anorexia was thought to be a teenage girl disease.

    A horrifying mistake in the kitchen of this Asylum left dozens dead.When sent downstairs to fetch a pan of powdered milk, a kitchen assistant at the Oregon State Hospital dipped his scoop into the wrong bin, and brought back six pounds of roach poison. It was mixed into the eggs and fed to 467 people. | Offbeat Oregon History

    The Waverly Hills Sanatorium Body Chute

    Set of three webbed forks used by patients in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1940. It was believed that webbing reduced the chances of accidental or self-inflicted injury. Collection: Museum Victoria

    This chair was designed to deprive a patient of their senses: restoring their brain to a sense of calm and reason thereby curing mental illness.

    The two women were Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon – nieces of the Queen Mother and first cousins to the Queen – who had been incarcerated since 1941 in the Royal Earlswood Asylum for Mental Defectives, at Redhill in Surrey.

    Continuous Bath Time - Continuous baths were one form of hydrotherapy used in mental hospitals beginning in the early 1900s. The technique was derived from German spa treatments, where people would spend from a few hours to a few days surrounded by flowing water. This treatment was used to induce relaxation in excited or agitated patients, as well as to relieve pressures from bed sores and other physical ailments.

    This massive asylum has been abandoned for so long that the coffins in the cemetery have started to poke out of the ground..

    CLOSET CORNER, 1987. Skip Arnold ....another example of inhumane treatment of the mentally ill in Asylums.

    Insane Asylum

    Pennhurst Asylum, Pennsylvania

    Christer Strömholm. Cuenca, Spain, 1961; A TODDLER in an insane asylum. And in a cage. How insane is that!!??