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A Frightening Look At The Lunatic Asylums Of Our Past

A Frightening Look At The Lunatic Asylums Of Our Past

Now be honest, have you ever been lazy? Superstitious in any way? Maybe you have asthma? Do you get jealous? Or do you love to read novels? Do you get excited on a Friday afternoon that the weekend is around the corner?

If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions (and if you lived in the late 1800s) you'd likely find yourself confined to a lunatic asylum.

It sounds utterly deranged in itself doesn't it? Yet in an era where modern medicine was still developing, everything it seemed could be cured with a stint in the local mental asylum where you could potentially undergo all manner of nasty, untested, unregulated and invasive surgeries. In some institutions for the criminally insane, electro shock therapy use to be commonplace - a way of 'resetting' / frying the human brain.

If you were lucky enough to avoid that particular procedure, the alternative was even worse you could face a lobotomy. The procedure consists of cutting or scraping away most of the connections to and from the prefrontal cortex, the anterior part of the frontal lobes of the brain.

This often had a severe effect on the patient's personality and their ability to function as an independent human being. For example 'homosexuals' were often subjected to this practice to make them 'morally sane' afterwards.

Count your lucky stars you weren't born during those dark times....

1. Reasons For Admission To A Lunatic Asylum In The Late 1800s

2. Patient in a restraint chair at West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield

3. Serbian Psychiatric Hospital

4. Example of Self-Harm At An Asylum in 1964

5. The Controversial Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Long Island, New York

6. Sections Of The Brain Encased In Wax

7. Patients-in-steam-cabinets around 1910

8. Genuine Lobotomy Tools

9. Insane Asylum Cuenca, Spain 1961

10. 17th Century Insanity Mask

11. Patient Restrained By Warders

12. Artwork Drawn By A Paranoid Schizophrenic Patient

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