By Katherine Ziff, Samuel T Gladding
Asylum at the Hill is the tale of a superb American scan in psychiatry, a revolution in deal with people with psychological disease, as obvious throughout the instance of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. in-built Southeast Ohio after the Civil conflict, the asylum embodied the nineteenth-century gold typical” necessities of ethical therapy. tales of sufferers and their households, politicians, caregivers, and neighborhood illustrate how a village within the coalfields of the Hocking River Valley replied to a countrywide impulse to supply compassionate care according to a healing panorama, publicity to the humanities, outside workout, priceless profession, and private recognition from a doctor. even though eventually doomed via overcrowding and overshadowed by means of the increase of recent versions of psychiatry, for 20 years the healing group at Athens pursued ethical remedy treatment with strength and optimism. Ziff’s clean presentation of America’s nineteenth-century asylum move exhibits how the Athens Lunatic Asylum accommodated political, financial, group, family members, and person wishes and left an architectural legacy that has been uniquely renovated and repurposed.
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49 The architecture of the Athens asylum was central to the moral treatment curative schema. Its light-filled rooms, wide corridors, “A Magnificent Site Overlooking the Hocking Valley” 21 Victorian reception parlors, windows situated to provide patients with beautiful and peaceful views of the landscape, ventilation powered by two enormous state-of-the-art brass basement fans manufactured in Pittsburgh, iron protective window grilles disguised as decorative mandalas, wards designed to segregate patients by their levels of disruptive behavior, and elimination of “strong rooms” were all thought vital to the treatment and cure of patients there.
Has paroxysms of scolding and using profane language. Very nervous, wakeful and anxious about business. General health is not good. . 28 Male Patient 35, a saddler from Columbus, Ohio, was despondent over having lost money through a business transaction and tried to hang himself several times. His wife, worried about his well-being and safety, took him before the county probate judge for commitment, and he was admitted to the Athens asylum. 29 Asylums have always served community needs for social stability, and the Athens asylum was no different.