Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals
  • Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals
  • Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals
  • Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals
  • Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals
  • Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals
  • Asylum: Inside The Closed World Of State Mental Hospitals
ISBN: 0262013495
EAN13: 9780262013499
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 4, 2009
Pages: 209
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 11.97" L x 10.47" W
Weight: 3.88 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Powerful photographs of the grand exteriors and crumbling interiors of America's abandoned state mental hospitals.For more than half the nation's history, vast mental hospitals were a prominent feature of the American landscape. From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, over 250 institutions for the insane were built throughout the United States; by 1948, they housed more than a half million patients. The blueprint for these hospitals was set by Pennsylvania hospital superintendant Thomas Story Kirkbride: a central administration building flanked symmetrically by pavilions and surrounded by lavish grounds with pastoral vistas. Kirkbride and others believed that well-designed buildings and grounds, a peaceful environment, a regimen of fresh air, and places for work, exercise, and cultural activities would heal mental illness. But in the second half of the twentieth century, after the introduction of psychotropic drugs and policy shifts toward community-based care, patient populations declined dramatically, leaving many of these beautiful, massive buildings--and the patients who lived in them--neglected and abandoned. Architect and photographer Christopher Payne spent six years documenting the decay of state mental hospitals like these, visiting seventy institutions in thirty states. Through his lens we see splendid, palatial exteriors (some designed by such Read More chevron_right

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