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dentist office at the looney bin 1847-1970


the medical director residing at the asylum between 1907 and 1930 strongly believed in the new concept of medicine popular at the turn of the twentieth century... mainly, a belief that untreated infections in the body caused insanity... therefore, accordingly, he directed his dental and medical staff to practice "surgical bacteriology" on the patients as the means of treatment... and so went molars, spleens, stomachs, ovaries, testicles, colons... leaving hundreds and hundreds of mutilated patients behind before an investigation forced him to resign...

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Taken on July 22, 2012