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Most Famous & Notorious Asylums and Doctors
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Kirkbride Buildings - Historic Insane Asylums

Pictures and history of 19th century insane asylums built according to a plan conceived by Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride, a physician who believed good architecture could help cure mental illness.
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Madison Grainy's comment, April 4, 2013 1:15 PM
Kirkbride buildings are named after a nineteenth-century physician and asylum superintendent, Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride. "Kirkbride buildings are most recognizably characterized by their somewhat unique "bat wing" floorplan and their often lavish Victorian-era architecture. Their design was an attempt at creating a space to facilitate the return to sanity. The buildings were conceived by Dr. Kirkbride and his contemporaries as active participents in treating the mentally ill."
Madison Grainy's comment, April 4, 2013 1:22 PM
There are many Kirkbride buildings built across the United States and other countries. "Most of these buildings were built between 1848 and 1890. Each building followed the same basic floor plan and general arrangement of facilities promoted by Dr. Kirkbride, but many different architects designed the individual buildings and gave them their own unique character."
Madison Grainy's comment, April 4, 2013 1:28 PM
"The nineteenth-century saw considerable growth in state-sponsored treatment of the mentally ill in the United States, and consequently the rise of the asylum building."
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Mental institutions

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Madison Grainy's comment, March 29, 2013 10:20 AM
"Large Victorian public asylums haunt the history of psychiatry. They were hailed as places of refuge for some of society’s supposedly most vulnerable men and women." These asylums were first named 'lunatic asylums' but later renamed 'mental hospitals.' Insane asylums earned a reputation as dehumanising, prison-like institutions.
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Asylum: Inside the Haunting World of 19th-Century Mental Hospitals

Asylum: Inside the Haunting World of 19th-Century Mental Hospitals | Insane Asylums Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
What straitjackets have to do with Eames chairs and the mutations of policy ideals.

One of the 19th-century's most notorious socioarchite
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Madison Grainy's comment, March 29, 2013 10:17 AM
"enormous and stunning buildings whose architecture stood in stark contrast with the ominous athmosphere of their inner workings." These insane asylums started with the idea of "moral treatment" where the ill would be removed from the city and placed into these almost perfect environments.
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Danvers State Hospital - Abandoned Photography at Opacity

Danvers State Hospital - Abandoned Photography at Opacity | Insane Asylums Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
Photographs, history, news and information about Danvers State Hospital (also known as: Danvers State Insane Asylum, Danvers State Lunatic Asylum, DSH), located in Danvers, MA (United States of America).
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Madison Grainy's comment, March 27, 2013 10:28 AM
The enormous Kirkbride building was only meant to house 500 patients, but by the 1930's it was housing over 2,000 patients, which were being crammed in every available space. At Danvers, the patients were given minimal care, which did not have a good result. The A and J wards at either end of Danvers only housed the most violent patients.
Madison Grainy's comment, March 27, 2013 10:33 AM
During its peak, Danvers State Hospital housed over 2,400, with a variety of treatments including, the lobotomy, electroshock therapy, insulin shock therapy, and drug therapy.
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Broadmoor hospital finally gives up its secrets

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Every Monday morning at 10am, a banshee wail howls out over Broadmoor Hospital. For two minutes, the ear- splitting sound rings out like a wartime air raid siren as the alarm system is tested.
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Madison Grainy's comment, March 27, 2013 6:37 PM
Constructed in 1863, Broadmoor was the first custom-built asylum in England to house criminal lunatics. Broadmoor was designed by a military engineer, but the idea came about whenever ex-soldier James Hadfield aimed to shoot King George lll. Hadfield missed, but the release by reason of insanity caused the public to go into an uproar, that Parliament passed the Criminal Lunatics Act to "provide for the indefinite detention of the insane" and thus a new institution arose.
Madison Grainy's comment, March 29, 2013 10:06 AM
"The possible causes of insanity were listed as 'anxiety, epilepsy, intemperance, vice, poverty, religious excitement, fright and exposure to hot climates'." Broadmoor was one of three maximum security psychiatric hospitals in the UK, but it always seemed to recieve the most interesting cases, making doctors and psychiatrists compete to work there.
Madison Grainy's comment, April 4, 2013 10:23 AM
Broadmoor housed some of the most known serial killers and psychopaths. "Despite the many famous patients held at the hospital in recent times - the Krays, Ian Brady and the Yorkshire Ripper - perhaps the most notorious is one who few of Broadmoor's residents ever saw, the original Hannibal Lecter." Hannibal Lecter, Robert Maudsley, was known for killing four people, one of whom he ate.