An amazing list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s.
List of reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s.
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When women used to be depressed or were not “taking care of their men” properly their husbands could send them to the psych ward for attitude adjustments. This was part of conditioning them to always wear a smile. They believed that if a woman saw herself smiling that it would become natural practice and that she would be “cured”. This often went along with shock therapies.
Fever therapy to cure psychosis..Full-body fever machine that was installed at the Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City in the 1930s. According to a press release at the time, the machine "heats the blood stream and body tissue, much as does nature, killing off the alien germ."
19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos
Diathermia, using a galvanized current to jolt psychosis sufferers. A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920's
Eleven months ago George Pickering II was in a very different place in his life. He was in jail, charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.