January 5, 2015

The Crazy Place: "Sexual derangement, Shooting of daughter, Smallpox, Snuff" 125 reasons you'll get sent to the lunatic asylum

Once upon a time, any of these would be reason enough to send you to the Crazy Place for life:

Amenorrhea, Asthma, Bad company, Bad habits & political excitement, Bad whiskey, Bite of a rattle snake, Bloody flux, Brain fever, Business nerves, Carbonic acid gas, Carbuncle, Cerebral softening, Cold, Congetion of brain, Constitutional, Crime, Death of sons in the war, Decoyed into the army, Deranged masturbation, Desertion by husband, Diptheria, Disappointed affection, Disappointed love, Disappointment, Dissipation of nerves, Dissolute habits, Dog bite, Domestic affliction, Domestic trouble, Doubt about mother’s ancestors, Dropsy, Effusion on the brain, Egotism, Epileptic fits, Excessive sexual abuse, Excitement as officer, Explosion of shell nearby, Exposure & hereditary, Exposure & quackery, Exposure in army, Fall from horse, False confinement, Feebleness of intellect, Fell from horse, Female disease, Fever, Fever & loss of law suit, Fever & nerved, Fighting fire, Fits & desertion of husband, Gastritis, Gathering in the head, Greediness, Grief, Gunshot wound, Hard study, Hereditary predisposition, Ill treatment by husband, Imaginary female trouble, Immoral life, Imprisonment, Indigestion, Intemperance, Interference, Jealousy, Jealousy & religion, Kick of horse, Kicked in the head by a horse, Laziness, Liver and social disease, Loss of arm, Marriage of son, Masturbation & syphilis, Masturbation for 30 years, Medicine to prevent conception, Menstrual deranged, Mental excitement, Milk fever, Moral sanity, Novel reading, Nymphomania, Opium habit, Over action on the mind, Over heat, Over study of religion, Over taxing mental powers, Parents were cousins, Pecuniary losses: worms, Periodical fits, Political excitement, Politics, Puerperal, Religious enthusiasm, Religious excitement, Remorse, Rumor of husband’s murder or desertion, Salvation army, Scarlatina, Seduction, Seduction & dissappointment, Self abuse, Severe labor, Sexual abuse and stimulants, Sexual derangement, Shooting of daughter, Smallpox, Snuff, Snuff eating for two years, Softening of the brain, Spinal irritation, Sun stroke, Sunstroke, Superstition, Suppressed masturbation, Suppression of menses, Tobacco & masturbation: hysteria, The war, Time of life, Trouble.
Today they merely make you an "interesting individual" and electable.

Haunting History at an Old W.Va. Hospital - Washington Post

Doug pointed out the thick metal ring embedded deep in the wall, to which a patient would have been shackled so nurses could attend to him without fear of injury. He had me test the heavy metal mesh of the inner door by pushing against it with all my might. I couldn't budge it. Then he ever so subtly stepped slightly aside, and it was clear from his stance I was meant to step inside. Like the clueless blonde in all the slasher movies, I did.

Weston State Hospital

Imagine constructing a building with 9 acres of floorspace and a clock tower two hundred feet tall. With 921 windows, 906 doors, and 1,295 feet long. Imagine building this structure that is covered with three and a half acres of slate roof, uses fifteen miles of steam pipe, and twenty miles of telephone wire. Now imagine it is 1858 and you must build this new hospital from the ground without power tools, without machines, and without modern technology. All you have is man power, rock from the area, wagons to haul it, and strong determination.

Weston Hospital in Lewis County, WV, officially named the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane upon completion of the facility shown here in 1880, was typical of the many that were established throughout the country. Its design reflected the Kirkbride plan in action. This design called for long, rambling wings, that provided therapeutic sunlight and air to comfortable living quarters so that the building itself promoted a curative effect, or as Kirkbride put it, “a special apparatus for lunacy.” 125 reasons you'll get sent to the lunatic asylum | Appalachian History
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What would one do with 20 miles of telephone wire in 1858?

Posted by: david foster at January 5, 2015 10:32 AM

They left out singing. There was a woman sent away for life because she kept singing.

Posted by: pbird at January 5, 2015 12:39 PM

"Now imagine it is 1858 and you must build this new hospital from the ground without power tools, without machines, and without modern technology."
Now imagine how, WITH all that "stuff", modern "municipal" buildings seem to need major rehab, or replacement, every 30-40 years, or less.

Posted by: CaptDMO at January 5, 2015 1:36 PM

With that list of infractions we could have locked up Obama, his rookie and all of Congress. I say: return to the good old days!!

Of course, I'd be in the can with them, so maybe not.

Posted by: Jack at January 6, 2015 7:54 AM

Money. If you stood to inherit a large sum of money on your 21st birthday...back in the day...your relatives could have you committed for any number of reasons and collect your inheritance. This happened to my mother. She 'voluntarily' committed herself just short of her 21st birthday after years of harassment by her older brothers...the oldest being almost 20 years older than her. The stench of feces and vomit and Lysol still waft through my sinuses when I used to visit her at Osawatomie State Psychiatric Hospital...what we used to call as children - the Asane Asylum.

Posted by: Jewel at January 6, 2015 11:07 AM

My uncle Louie Lozko, we all called him "Letsgo Lozko", he raised bantam chickens. I asked him one time did he ever talk to the chickens.
He said he tried teaching them tricks like climb the ladder, fetch the ball, sit on a perch. But they were mostly unresponsive.
"All dey do is skvawk, shit, lay eggs." he said.
I said well, you taught them something ... and he just looked at me.
I bet he would have been committed if somebody noticed but he was like that all the time. Who knows?

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