Mental asylum pacifier. This is the Darwin-Coxe Machine, which was used to swing the insane until they were quiet. Photographed at the Fool Tower, in Vienna, Austria.

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Darwin-Coxe Machine, in which insane were swung until quiet, "Fool Tower", Vienna

Wooden "Utica crib" -- Used to hold agitated adult patients until they calmed down. More humane than iron shackles.

Wooden "Utica crib" -- Used to hold agitated adult patients until they calmed down. More humane than iron shackles. But not more humane than modern restraining devices, I guess.

19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos - Photo 1 - Pictures - CBS News

19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos

Sound therapy from an opera singer - Miss Ethel Tamminga sings to patients. and century psychiatry: 22 rare photos - Pictures - CBS News

The Zombie Ward: The chilling story of how 'depressed' women were put to sleep for months in an NHS hospital room - leaving mental scars that remain 40 years on Women with postnatal depression and anorexia passed through Royal Waterloo's infamous Ward 5  They were drugged and subjected to horrendous levels of ECT  Unluckiest were taken to the 'Narcosis Room' and put to sleep for weeks

The Zombie Ward: The chilling story of how 'depressed' women were put to sleep for months in an NHS hospital room - leaving mental scars that remain 40 years on

The Zombie Ward: The chilling story of how 'depressed' women were put to sleep for months in an NHS hospital room - leaving mental scars that remain 40 years on Women with postnatal depression and anorexia passed through Royal Waterloo's infamous Ward 5 They were drugged and subjected to horrendous levels of ECT Unluckiest were taken to the 'Narcosis Room' and put to sleep for weeks

Aradale Mental Hospital | The Corpse Grinder... | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Australia, Ararat, Aradale Mental Hospital - The Corpse Grinder How horrible! (And what a dreadful job for whoever had to operate it) I've never heard of this device before.

Gutted last victim with genetalia missing, hanging by feet.

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Radium therapy being administered in an insane asylum

A Terrifying Asylum Tour Of The Past--Female patients receiving Radium Therapy, early century.

Battle Creek Vibratory Chair by the Sanitarium and Hospital Equipment Co., Massage Vibrator by the Battle Creek Equipment Co.

☤ MD ☞☆☆☆ Battle Creek Vibratory Chair by the Sanitarium and Hospital Equipment Co., Massage Vibrator by the Battle Creek Equipment Co.

And they called it HydroTHERAPY ?

History and photos of the abandoned Foxboro State Hospital, in Foxboro, MA. Also known as The Massachusetts Hospital for Dipsomaniacs and Inebriates, Foxborough State Hospital, FSH

Patients were placed in this wheel to run until they were too exhausted to cause problems for the staff.

Glore Psychiatric Museum: patients were placed in this wheel to run until they were too exhausted to cause problems for the staff.

"Bedlam 1946: Most U.S. Mental Hospitals are a Shame and a Disgrace" by Albert Q. Maisel in LIFE Magazine via Google Books (full text)   This is important to know about the history of the treatment of mental illness.

"Bedlam Most U. Mental Hospitals are a Shame and a Disgrace" by Albert Q. Maisel in LIFE Magazine.

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