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Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals

Author: Christopher Payne; Oliver W Sacks
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For more than half the nation's history, vast mental hospitals were a prominent feature of the American landscape. From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, over 250 institutions for the insane were built throughout the United States; by 1948, they housed more than a half million patients. The blueprint for these hospitals was set by Pennsylvania hospital superintendant Thomas Story Kirkbride: a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Payne; Oliver W Sacks
ISBN: 9780262013499 0262013495
OCLC Number: 304078667
Awards: Winner of NAMI-NYC Metro Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library Ken Book Awards 2010.
Description: 209 pages : illustrations (some color), chiefly photographs ; 27 x 30 cm
Contents: Asylum / Oliver Sacks --
The state mental hospitals / Christopher Payne --
The photographs.
Responsibility: photographs by Christopher Payne ; with an essay by Oliver Sacks.
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Powerful photographs of the grand exteriors and crumbling interiors of America's abandoned state mental hospitals.  Read more...

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"Astoundingly beautiful work on a subject that rarely gets the attention." Aaron Britt Dwell "Beautifully researched, exquisitely photographed and expertly composed and edited...Extraordinary." Read more...

 
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