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  • Collection: Brattleboro Retreat

In 1880 there were few categories of insanity. Tables of Principle Psychoses from later years show the growth in recognizing diversity in mental illness.

Interesting to note is the significant growth in the number of causes of insanity. Especially interesting causes include, "Loss of property," "Menstrual derangement," "Extraction of teeth" and "Business Troubles."

Vermont Insane Asylum_Massachusetts_Ploughman_1873.pdf
This brief article reacts to the Vermont Legislature's findings of “a most horrible and almost incredible condition of affairs in the Vermont Insane Asylum."

Commenting on the first annual report of the Trustees and Physicians of the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, the editors of The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal wrote in January, 1838: “[I]t gave us great pleasure to read it, because it shows the…

This article summarizes the 1838 Annual Report of the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, which it describes as a “well-conducted institution.” While noting that the Asylum lacks funds to complete necessary building improvements, it praises Dr. Rockwell…

1873 - Vermont Insane Asylum. A Shocking Condition of Af.pdf
The article quotes extensively from the Legislative Committee’s 1873 Report into the Vermont Insane Asylum. The report characterizes the institution as terribly overcrowded, inadequately warm and ventilated, and prison-like. Committee members…

1845 - ART. VIII.--Vermont and Ohio Asylums for the Insan.pdf
The article offers highlights of the 1844 Annual Reports of the Vermont and Ohio Asylums for the Insane. In describing the Vermont Asylum at Brattleboro, the article notes the institution's expanded facilities and, in excerpts from the report…

A print reproduction of a photograph of the buildings and grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat.

Written by the superintendent of the institution, this lengthy history is generally favorable to the officers, medical staff, and trustees of the Brattleboro Insane Asylum. It contains useful illustrations and tabular data and it also engages some…

This collection of official reports of the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, while not comprehensive, contains important information about the changing administrative and medical practices and perspectives regarding the inmate population at the Asylum. …
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