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By Katherine Ziff, Samuel T Gladding

ISBN-10: 0821419730

ISBN-13: 9780821419731

ISBN-10: 0821444263

ISBN-13: 9780821444269

Asylum at the Hill is the tale of a superb American scan in psychiatry, a revolution in deal with people with psychological ailment, as noticeable throughout the instance of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. in-built Southeast Ohio after the Civil conflict, the asylum embodied the nineteenth-century “gold normal” standards of ethical remedy. tales of sufferers and their households, politicians, caregivers, and group illustrate how a village within the coalfields of the Hocking River Valley spoke back to a countrywide impulse to supply compassionate care in accordance with a healing panorama, publicity to the humanities, outdoors workout, important career, and private recognition from a doctor. even if eventually doomed via overcrowding and overshadowed by means of the increase of recent versions of psychiatry, for two decades the healing group at Athens pursued ethical remedy treatment with power and optimism. Ziff’s clean presentation of America’s nineteenth-century asylum circulate indicates how the Athens Lunatic Asylum accommodated political, fiscal, neighborhood, relatives, and person wishes and left an architectural legacy that has been uniquely renovated and repurposed. 

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B. Raymond wrote of the wretched condition in which Male Patient 319 was found: “The history of his case is as follows: He was found some years ago walking the road back and forward. People in the neighborhood became affright of him. He was taken up, found in a starving condition. He refuses to speak. He writes in German. The duration is unknown. The patient is free from infectious disease and vermin. ”38 Although the Civil War produced presidents and community leaders, the massive trauma endured by the nation inevitably exhibited itself in the lives of the war’s survivors.

T]he Physical health is good, [and she] has been under no medical treatment, I therefore feel confident that removal to some asylum where she can get a proper Treatment will soon restore her Mind. ” Male Patient 819, age twenty-eight, was admitted to the asylum by way of special legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly. He had been sent to Athens from his family home in Philadelphia to live with an uncle. Because he was not a resident of Ohio, an act of the Ohio General Assembly was required for his admission to the asylum.

She is twenty years of age. On Wednesday May 28th 1874 I was called upon to see the aforesaid lady found her at the Commercial House in Mt. ] [H]er voice was husky, pupils contracted, she acknowledged to having taken morphine with a view of destroying her life[:] under a threat from me that her trunk should be examined she gave me a bottle containing 10 1/2 grains of Sulphate of Morphine. Strong Coffee was ordered and a close watch kept. On Thursday evening following upon hearing her Father’s voice, she shot herself in the thorax, the ball entered at the middle and near the left side of the Sternum, and passed in an outward direction and now lies in the soft parts covering the left side of the Thorax.

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