From Beauty to Despair: The Rise and Fall of the American State Mental Hospital

@article{Osborn2009FromBT,
  title={From Beauty to Despair: The Rise and Fall of the American State Mental Hospital},
  author={Lawrence A. Osborn},
  journal={Psychiatric Quarterly},
  year={2009},
  volume={80},
  pages={219-231}
}
The American State Hospital has survived over 200 years. Society once viewed state hospitals as an absolute necessity and each state constructed numerous hospitals. Over time, the image of the state hospital as a means to cure the mentally ill changed drastically. The public perceived state hospitals as snake pits that warehoused the mentally ill and the state hospital was nearly destroyed. Nevertheless, the state hospital remains today with purposes similar to its ancestors and some that are… Expand
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