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.
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Trepanation (boring a hole in a patient's skull) is an ancient medical practice. The first approval letters you get as a medicaid recipient for epilepsy neurosurgery is a letter detailing the approval of trephination by your insurer. Few people who read this letter know what this word means--and so they look it up . . . and this is what they find, if not something much more realistic by using a good reference. We have the Peruvians and Coca leaf to thank for this discovery!
For anyone who has been to my blogsite on the history of medicine, this figure may have popped up on the page about mental health care in 1800-1825 by Botanic physician Arkalus Hooper. The light gray wording I put there tongue in cheek, due to the continued use of the term trephination in the approval letter that comes when you are approved by Medicare for neurosurgery. When you first receive the letter, and decide to look up that term, you may be in for a surprise.
18th century French illustration of trepanation
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A list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s
I want to recreate this and put it in a frame in my office. Can you imagine. ..we'd ALL be admitted to an asylum if these things were all still considered disorders.
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Kalamazoo Insane Asylum, 1870's
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Kalamazoo, Michigan USA insane asylum, 1870s
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.
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Alameda Insane Asylum - Outside of stories of rampant abuse and numerous suicides, not a lot is known about the old asylum, only that it's approx. 100 yrs old and has been abandoned for some time. There are, however, many ghost stories involving the old hospital and it is said to be one of the most haunted places in California. Reported paranormal activity includes, loud screams, the feeling of being watched and stood over, a variety apparitions and curtains opening and closing on their own.
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Pilgrim State Hospital: an Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Brentwood, NY
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Pilgrim State Hospital: an Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Brentwood, NY
Resident of Pilgrim State Mental Hospital, Alfred Eisenstaedt 1938
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Byberry Mental Hospital.
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The image is strikingly pertaining to vulnerability and the poor conditions of the mental asylums. The patient looks as if he is deteriorating; mentally and physically. The primitive patchwork of his outfit is a visual mirror of his scattered and disjointed mind. credit: TIME magazine
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one of America's most haunted abandoned asylums One of my DREAM places to ghost hunt!! An abandoned mental asylum or old hospital! YES!
Pennhurst Asylum: Shut down by the government for abuse against patients, has reopened its doors. Walk the grounds and see the eerie inside of this 100 year old building. Prepare yourself for real ghosts and spirits of the dead. Pennhurst Asylum was featured on Travel Channel as one of America's scariest REAL haunted houses, and today it's a real haunted attraction.
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.
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Anorexia in the 19th century - 19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos - Pictures - CBS News
Horrifying asylum kitchen mix-up left dozens dead 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 | #ORhistory
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
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Horrifying asylum kitchen mix-up left dozens dead 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
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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
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Webbed forks were 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.
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Rush tranquilizing chair. Although it seems primitive by today's standards, the "tranquilizing chair" invented by Dr. Benjamin Rush in 1769 was thought to be a humane alternative to the straight jacket; the chair was intended to reduce stimulating blood flow to the brain by binding the patient's head and limbs. Dr. Rush was a Philadelphia native working out of University of Pennsylvania Hospital and is considered the Father of Modern Psychiatry. His contributions were invaluable.
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.
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An undated photo of Katharine Bowes-Lyon, 1st cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Katharine and her sister Nerissa were placed in the Royal Earlswood Asylum as young women and their very existence was kept secret. It was believed that Katharine had died in 1940 - in fact she passed away on February 23 2014 at the age of 87. It was also noted that the Queen Mother did not visit her nieces even when she was patron of “Mencap” the leading charity in the United Kingdom for those with learning and developm
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 THE MENTALLY DEFECTIVE 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.
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Abandoned Asylum: bathtubs
Bath tubs in an asylum.
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
Bathtubs at asylum, used for continuous bath time treatment (unknown location)
This massive asylum has been abandoned for so long that the coffins in the cemetery have started to poke out of the ground..
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Also known as the D.C. Training School, it was opened in 1925. Originally built to be a state-of-the-art compound it quickly turned into a place of all around malpractice. Patients here had developmental issues and were mostly children and young adults. Eventually Forest Haven was forced to shut down due to fines and many lawsuits against them. It has been abandoned since 1991.The grounds consist of about 20 buildings spread throughout 250 acres, the largest of which being the administration building.The grounds also house dozens of patient files that tell sad stories of neglect and abuse, and the neighboring patient cemetery has been so badly damaged by erosion that it's possible to see the coffins. In late 2010, one urban explorer stumbled onto the remains of what was thought to be an infant in the abandoned buildings. This was proven to be a hoax by investigating police, though it sparked a much publicized newspaper article that featured a map of the ground that has oft been used by other urban explorers. Today, 23 years after it's closure, the building continues to stand as a warning against the abuse and neglect of the mentally challenged.Get more information at: Abandoned Playgrounds
Forest Haven in Laurel, MD - This massive Asylum has been abandoned for so long that the coffins in the Cemetery have started to poke out of the ground.
Asylum abandoned in the 1970's
CLOSET CORNER, 1987. Skip Arnold ....another example of inhumane treatment of the mentally ill in Asylums.
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Pennhurst: The Shame of Pennsylvania
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Christer Strömholm. Cuenca, Spain, 1961; A TODDLER in an insane asylum. And in a cage. How insane is that!!??
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Laboratory in an abandoned Children's Insane Asylum on the "Dirty Garbage Tour," taken circa 2011 in Maryland, US.
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1961 España by Christer Stromholm