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27 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

27 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

Sometimes after looking back at our history and the way we once took care of things, I am grateful to see that we have evolved. That is how I feel when looking at these crazy photographs of asylums that are decades old. I think it was a lack of knowledge that lead to such brutal behavior, but I will let you decide for yourself.

1. This is just plain creepy.

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2. Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire ca. 1869.

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3. Sunland asylum, this is Dr. Freeman, the man who invented lobotomies.

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4. A ‘self-decorated’ patient in the 1800’s.

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5. Hydrotherapy first used in the early 1900s, Immersion in a tub of water to make a patient relax when agitated or relieve some ailment. This lasted a few hours to overnight. 1936.

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6. This is a 17th century insanity mask.

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7. An abandoned asylum in Italy.

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8. An X-ray showing needles driven into the skin of a patient in a psychiatric ward.

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9. Patients in steam cabinets in the early 1900’s.

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10. Washington, D.C., circa 1921. “Foundling Hospital, playroom.” Tots at the Washington Asylum for ‘Foundlings’

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11. Sections of brain encased in wax, for research.

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12. Insane Asylum in Spain.

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13. Drawing from a paranoid schizophrenic patient.

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14. A mother who has tuberculous, and is on strict bed rest, leaves her room at the sanatorium for a Sunday walk with her family…. but she does not leave her bed.

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15. Norwich State Hospital in Connecticut.

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16. This is a Mechanical Slapping Device used in the asylum in BC.

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17. This is at the Philadelphia State Hospital, this man is in the violent ward.

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18. These are Lobotomy tools.

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19. This is a picture of patients in the asylum in the 1940s.

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20. Reasons to be admitted in the Trans-allegheny lunatic asylum.

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21. This was the dining hall in the basement.

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22. The Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA could house as many as 14,000 patients at a time. This self-sufficient mental asylum adopted extremely aggressive methods of “curing the insane”. Lobotomies and electric shock therapy were the norm.

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23. In the 1870s, this was the asylum in Michigan.

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24. A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920’s. Doctors eventually deemed it unsafe and unreliable.

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25. This chair was used to calm down irrational patients.

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26. These are female patients being treated with Radium therapy.

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27. And lastly, this is a patient of Serbian Psychiatric Hospital taken in 1999.

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These photos are incredibly odd, but open your eyes to how horrible patients actually were treated. I am grateful that some of the procedures that were used are no longer thought of anymore.

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