“Vermont Insane Asylum. A shocking Condition of Affairs - Result of the Investigation of a Legislative Committee,” Boston Daily Globe, Jul 11, 1873, 1.

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“Vermont Insane Asylum. A shocking Condition of Affairs - Result of the Investigation of a Legislative Committee,” Boston Daily Globe, Jul 11, 1873, 1.

Subject

insane asylums
psychiatric hospitals
history of madness

Description

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 objected to the housing of 75 inmates in tiny underground cells which were “damp, unwholesome, and entirely unfit for occupation by human beings.” They also objected to the use of restraints and punishments such as the practice of restraining and dowsing fractious inmates with tepid water.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Boston Globe.

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Language

English

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article

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