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 excellent American test in psychiatry, a revolution in take care of people with psychological disease, as visible throughout the instance of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. inbuilt Southeast Ohio after the Civil battle, the asylum embodied the nineteenth-century “gold commonplace” requirements of ethical remedy. tales of sufferers and their households, politicians, caregivers, and group illustrate how a village within the coalfields of the Hocking River Valley answered to a countrywide impulse to supply compassionate care in line with a healing panorama, publicity to the humanities, open air workout, worthy profession, and private consciousness from a doctor. even supposing eventually doomed by means of overcrowding and overshadowed by means of the increase of latest types of psychiatry, for two decades the healing group at Athens pursued ethical therapy treatment with strength and optimism. Ziff’s clean presentation of America’s nineteenth-century asylum stream exhibits how the Athens Lunatic Asylum accommodated political, financial, group, relations, and person wishes and left an architectural legacy that has been uniquely renovated and repurposed. 

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She has been worse during her menstrual period. ” Any information that I can give you regarding any of the patients sent from here will be cheerfully given. Very Respectfully L. R. Landfear Probate Judge Commitment for insanity in circumstances of unwed motherhood was not unheard of. Female Patient 192, a twenty-eight-yearold woman from Zanesville, Ohio, was hospitalized ostensibly for guilt over having disgraced her family in this manner. Explained the medical witness, The exciting cause of disease: compunction for having disgraced herself and family.

In July 1874, his condition was much the same. 21 Among the first patients admitted to the asylum at Athens were four women from the Ross County Home: Female Patients 3, 4, 5, and 6. Their cases for insanity, brought before the probate court in Chillicothe on the afternoon of January 16, 1874, had been prepared that morning by the physician attending the county home. The court determined that the women were unable to attend the probate hearing in the judge’s chambers, and they “Each Admission Represented a Poor, Helpless, Hopeless Sufferer” 33 were represented, with no other witnesses, by the physician attending the county home.

39 The result was a war with massive casualties: 620,000 soldiers and 50,000 civilians. 40 Civil War physicians referred to stragglers, soldiers afflicted with nostalgia, and soldier’s heart. Stragglers were soldiers who sat trembling and clutching their weapons, staring into the distance, exhibiting a startle response at any loud sound, and incapable of engaging in battle. ”41 Nostalgia, a term devised by a seventeenthcentury Swiss physician, was characterized by homesickness and defiant aggression, which generally disappeared as soldiers began to prepare for battle, thus triggering the production of adrenaline and other stress hormones in their bodies.

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