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Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals

August 2, 2013 - 4:54pm -- egraves
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Payne, Christopher
A book of photographs of shuttered lunatic asylums from another era with short essays about the history of institutional mental health facilities in the United States. Powerful photos of collections of toothbrushes, sneakers, cushions, and decay, as many of these places were abruptly closed in the 1970s and patients released with the advent of new medications and defunding of psychiatric hospitals.

A complicated history of how society has tried to address psychiatric care over time told through photographs.

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