By Katherine Ziff, Samuel T Gladding
Asylum at the Hill is the tale of an exceptional American scan in psychiatry, a revolution in deal with people with psychological disease, as visible in the course of the instance of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. in-built Southeast Ohio after the Civil struggle, the asylum embodied the nineteenth-century gold general” requisites of ethical therapy. tales of sufferers and their households, politicians, caregivers, and group illustrate how a village within the coalfields of the Hocking River Valley answered to a countrywide impulse to supply compassionate care in keeping with a healing panorama, publicity to the humanities, outdoors workout, precious profession, and private consciousness from a doctor. even supposing finally doomed by means of overcrowding and overshadowed through the increase of latest types of psychiatry, for 20 years the healing group at Athens pursued ethical remedy remedy with strength and optimism. Ziff’s clean presentation of America’s nineteenth-century asylum stream exhibits how the Athens Lunatic Asylum accommodated political, financial, group, family members, and person wishes and left an architectural legacy that has been uniquely renovated and repurposed.
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None of the parties were ever in an Asylum. Mrs. ______ has never had Epilepsy. This person has made two attempts to take her life, and of which I have knowledge. The treatment has been good nutritious diet and a sedative. She now says that she does not want to recover, has attempted to probe the wound with her fingers. Her physician attached a letter describing the year-long unfolding of the situation, which included the diagnosis of syphilis and “Each Admission Represented a Poor, Helpless, Hopeless Sufferer” 37 follow-up treatment by the “quack,” details that he wished to spare the patient’s parents.
Each Admission Represented a Poor, Helpless, Hopeless Sufferer” 31 May 17: Has taken meat within the last 18 hours. Remains weak and is rather drowsy most of the time. 15 The last entry notes that Male Patient 1 died at home six weeks later. The asylum records contain many other instances of men, especially older men, hospitalized for depression and worry surrounding financial circumstances. Male Patient 150, a sixty-year-old farmer, is another example. ” Some remained preoccupied with finances while in the asylum, writing for money to purchase clothes or as repayment of debt.
A probate judge in Zanesville, Ohio, added this note to the asylum superintendent to the standard commitment form for Female Patient 62, emphasizing the desperate situation of his charge, an unmarried woman who had killed her child: March 3, 1874 Dr. R. Gundry: Athens, O. Dear Sir: In the case of ______, I copy the following from the Medical Certificate. The exciting cause of her Insanity “is “Each Admission Represented a Poor, Helpless, Hopeless Sufferer” 35 trouble growing out of a bastard child.
Asylum on the hill : history of a healing landscape by Katherine Ziff, Samuel T Gladding