Asylum on the hill : history of a healing landscape by Katherine Ziff, Samuel T Gladding

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 obvious in the course of the instance of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. inbuilt Southeast Ohio after the Civil warfare, the asylum embodied the nineteenth-century “gold regular” requisites of ethical therapy. tales of sufferers and their households, politicians, caregivers, and neighborhood illustrate how a village within the coalfields of the Hocking River Valley replied to a countrywide impulse to supply compassionate care in response to a healing panorama, publicity to the humanities, open air workout, worthwhile career, and private awareness from a doctor. even though finally doomed through overcrowding and overshadowed by way of the increase of latest versions of psychiatry, for two decades the healing group at Athens pursued ethical therapy remedy with power and optimism. Ziff’s clean presentation of America’s nineteenth-century asylum flow indicates how the Athens Lunatic Asylum accommodated political, fiscal, group, relatives, and person wishes and left an architectural legacy that has been uniquely renovated and repurposed. 

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Of the Ohio River town of Marietta,32 was hospitalized by family and friends, who inquired by letter as to his well-being. Marietta, Ohio July 8, 1880. The Surgeon In Charge of the Asylum Athens O. Dear Sir Will you please keep us informed of Capt. C. and how he is getting along and what prospects there is of his recovery. His sister sent his clothes but did not here whether he rec’d them hope he did, please give us your Opinion and oblige. Yours Respectfully, Capt. Ben F. , meanwhile, was making plans to escape from the asylum, which he documented in a note written in pencil on a scrap of paper that was confiscated and filed by asylum staff.

She did strike and scratch her nurse and remained partly conscious during the whole paroxysm. Was as well as usual the next morning except a slight soreness in muscles of limb and some headache. 1/27/74: Had slight paroxysm last night similar in form to preceding much shorter in duration and less recovery after. Symptoms are much the same as previous. 1/28/74: Had a mild attack at going to bed 8 pm, no symptoms remaining the following morning. 1/29/74: Had one other mild paroxysm last night, no remaining symptoms this morning.

Frame wrote that he “imagines he is very rich. 8 Medical certificate presented to probate court for the purpose of committing Male Patient 1675. Courtesy of the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries. 18 the moral treatment exper iment Another tramp, born in Germany, was one of the asylum’s earliest patients. Dr. 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.

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