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Opening its doors, the Athens Lunatic Asylum welcomed its first patient in 1874. This state-of-the-art mental hospital was based on the design of renowned architect Thomas Kirkbride and embraced the current societal trends toward institutionalizing the insane. The hospital began as a type of long- term care for those not easily accepted or able to function in society. The typical meaning of “asylum” at the time was a safe haven with little likelihood of departure.

Mental Asylums

TEN DAYS IN A MAD-HOUSE

Written in 1887. Reporter goes undercover and fakes being insane. Story here

The Ridges

Stockton State Mental Asylum

Of Interest

Asylum Wallpaper

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