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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...

    asf_nyc, lorac's, Mr McHaddock, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Mr McHaddock 21 months ago | reply

      ..... looks like my place after a busy week !!

      what a nightmare !

    2. korafotomorgana 21 months ago | reply

      i knew you'd appreciate that :)

    3. alisonhulot 21 months ago | reply

      They took out all the teeth of prisoners in the UK in some prisons at that time too. Even if you were only in for some minor two week stint.

      You've got to do more of these, K. They are the business.

    4. korafotomorgana 21 months ago | reply

      thanks alison :) by the way... your recent reading material suggestion shed some interesting light on how things went on in your neck of the woods in those days... another bit i found out from other sources was that by the mid 1800 france had the best facilities and most favorable conditions and care for the unfortunate poor and insane...

    5. alisonhulot 21 months ago | reply

      It's interesting, the treatment of the mentally ill; defines how we see ourselves, defines what we think of as normal. If you come across other books that are good on this, send me a link. I got into the subject through Victorian fiction, like Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novella 'The Yellow Wallpaper'.
      www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/yellowwall...

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