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A personal memoir of the state hospitals of the 1950s.

Author: W Vogel Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester 01605.
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Hospital & community psychiatry, 1991 Jun; 42(6): 593-7
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The author recalls his experiences as an attendant at a state mental hospital in the early 1950s, before the introduction of psychotropic drugs. State hospitals of that era served not only as treatment centers for mentally ill patients but also as de facto nursing homes, retirement homes, orphanages, and shelters for chronic physically ill persons, medically ill poor people and wards of the state, adults and  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: W Vogel Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester 01605.
ISSN:0022-1597
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 121256246
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The author recalls his experiences as an attendant at a state mental hospital in the early 1950s, before the introduction of psychotropic drugs. State hospitals of that era served not only as treatment centers for mentally ill patients but also as de facto nursing homes, retirement homes, orphanages, and shelters for chronic physically ill persons, medically ill poor people and wards of the state, adults and juveniles convicted of crimes, behaviorally disturbed retarded people, and alcoholics. The author argues that the deinstitutionalization movement removed an important, if unrecognized, source of palliative care for dispossessed individuals and recommends redesigning the state hospital to provide compassionate housing and treatment by trained persons for homeless and chronic physically and mentally ill individuals. Four patients typical of the heterogenous population of state hospitals in the 1950s are described.

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orphans, homeless and elderly people

by sonyapryr (WorldCat user published 2015-03-18) Good Permalink

It seems like in the 1950's orphans, homeless and elderly people were considered as crazy. Is this part of a culture. How does this relate to how these people are treated today?  Disposable people. You could add unwed mothers to this list too. People seen as subhuman. How also does this relate...
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