Scary Asylums of the Past

Vintage medicine used to be terrifying. And we are talking about ordinary surgical procedures. No words can describe the conditions in psychiatric hospitals.

After seeing these pictures you feel way better about the fact that you weren’t born 100 years earlier. And that you are mentally healthy.

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Serbian Psychiatric Hospital Serbian Psychiatric Hospital. Photo taken by George Georgiou who worked in Kosovo and Serbia between 1999 and 2002. LESS Serbian Psychiatric Hospital
Serbian Psychiatric Hospital
Serbian Psychiatric Hospital. Photo taken by George Georgiou who worked in Kosovo and Serbia between 1999 and 2002.
Female patients receiving Radium Therapy, early 20th century Female patients receiving Radium Therapy, early 20th century
Female patients receiving Radium Therapy, early 20th century
Chair used to calm hysterical patients--looks an awful lot like an electric chair Chair used to calm hysterical patients--looks an awful lot like an electric chair
Chair used to calm hysterical patients--looks an awful lot like an electric chair
An insane asylum patient restrained by warders, Yorkshire, 1869, Henry Clarke An insane asylum patient restrained by warders, Yorkshire, 1869, Henry Clarke
An insane asylum patient restrained by warders, Yorkshire, 1869, Henry Clarke
A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920's. A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920's. Diathermia used a galvanized current to jolt psychosis sufferers. Doctors eventually deemed it unsafe and unreliable. LESS A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920's.
A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920's.
A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920's. Diathermia used a galvanized current to jolt psychosis sufferers. Doctors eventually deemed it unsafe and unreliable.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA insane asylum, 1870's. Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA insane asylum, 1870's.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA insane asylum, 1870's.
A chronic schizophrenic patient stands in a catatonic position A chronic schizophrenic patient stands in a catatonic position. He maintained this uncomfortable position for hours LESS A chronic schizophrenic patient stands in a catatonic position
A chronic schizophrenic patient stands in a catatonic position
A chronic schizophrenic patient stands in a catatonic position. He maintained this uncomfortable position for hours
The Pilgram Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA The Pilgram Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA could house as many as 14,000 patients at a time. This self-sufficient mental asylum adopted extremely aggressive methods of "curing the insane". Lobotomies and electric shock therapy were the norm. The doctors at this asylum started using large doses of insulin and metrozol to drive patients into a violent coma, just to be rid of them. LESS The Pilgram Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA
The Pilgram Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA
The Pilgram Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA could house as many as 14,000 patients at a time. This self-sufficient mental asylum adopted extremely aggressive methods of "curing the insane". Lobotomies and electric shock therapy were the norm. The doctors at this asylum started using large doses of insulin and metrozol to drive patients into a violent coma, just to be rid of them.
Basement Dining Basement Dining
Basement Dining
A list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s. A list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s.
A list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s.
Pilgrim State Hospital Brentwood NY, USA 1940s Pilgrim State Hospital Brentwood NY, USA 1940s
Pilgrim State Hospital Brentwood NY, USA 1940s
Lobotomy tools Lobotomy tools
Lobotomy tools
Man in restraints, B, violent ward. 1945 Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. Man in restraints, B, violent ward. 1945 LESS Man in restraints, B, violent ward. 1945
Man in restraints, B, violent ward. 1945
Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. Man in restraints, B, violent ward. 1945
Mechanical slapping massage device at BC sanitarium Mechanical slapping massage device at BC sanitarium
Mechanical slapping massage device at BC sanitarium
Norwich State Hospital, Connecticut, USA Norwich State Hospital, Connecticut, USA
Norwich State Hospital, Connecticut, USA
A mother who has tuberculous, and is on strict bed rest, leaves her room at the sanatorium for a Sunday walk with her family.... but she does not leave her bed. LESS
A mother who has tuberculous, and is on strict bed rest, leaves her room at the sanatorium for a Sunday walk with her family.... but she does not leave her bed.
Made by a paranoid schizophrenic patient Made by a paranoid schizophrenic patient
Made by a paranoid schizophrenic patient
Cuenca, Spain, 1961 Insane asylum Cuenca, Spain, 1961 Insane asylum
Cuenca, Spain, 1961 Insane asylum
Sections of brain encased in wax Sections of brain encased in wax. West Park Mental Hospital 'Mortuary' LESS Sections of brain encased in wax
Sections of brain encased in wax
Sections of brain encased in wax. West Park Mental Hospital 'Mortuary'
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital, playroom." Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital, playroom." Tots at the Washington Asylum for 'Foundlings' LESS Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital, playroom."
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital, playroom."
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital, playroom." Tots at the Washington Asylum for 'Foundlings'
Self harm at an Asylum, 1964 Self harm at an Asylum, 1964
Self harm at an Asylum, 1964
Patients in steam cabinets, c 1910. Patients in steam cabinets, c 1910.
Patients in steam cabinets, c 1910.
An X-ray image of needles driven into the flesh by a psychiatric patient. An X-ray image of needles driven into the flesh by a psychiatric patient.
An X-ray image of needles driven into the flesh by a psychiatric patient.
Abandoned asylum, Limbiate, Italy Abandoned asylum, Limbiate, Italy
Abandoned asylum, Limbiate, Italy
Device to prevent masturbation In the late 19th century it was a widely held belief that masturbation caused insanity and devices such as this were designed to prevent the wearer from touching or stimulating himself. They were often used in mental institutions. LESS Device to prevent masturbation
Device to prevent masturbation
In the late 19th century it was a widely held belief that masturbation caused insanity and devices such as this were designed to prevent the wearer from touching or stimulating himself. They were often used in mental institutions.
17th-Century Insanity Mask. 17th-Century Insanity Mask.
17th-Century Insanity Mask.
Hydrotherapy Hydrotherapy first used in the early 1900s, Immersion in a tub of water to make a patient relax when agitated or relieve some ailment, lasted a few hours to overnight. 1936 LESS Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy first used in the early 1900s, Immersion in a tub of water to make a patient relax when agitated or relieve some ailment, lasted a few hours to overnight. 1936
Self decorated patient, Asylum life 1800s Self decorated patient, Asylum life 1800s
Self decorated patient, Asylum life 1800s
Dr. Freeman, the quack who invented lobotomies. Sunland Asylum... Dr. Freeman, the quack who invented lobotomies. The procedure turned most 'problem' patients into zombies. LESS Dr. Freeman, the quack who invented lobotomies.
Dr. Freeman, the quack who invented lobotomies.
Sunland Asylum... Dr. Freeman, the quack who invented lobotomies. The procedure turned most 'problem' patients into zombies.
Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire ca. 1869 Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire ca. 1869
Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire ca. 1869
There is no way out...... There is no way out......
There is no way out......

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