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# of admissions increased, # of patients discharged went down 1820-1870 Average number of patients per asylum increased from 57 to 473 An increase of 830% Patient/doctor ratio was about 250 to 1
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- High admissions and low releases
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Clip If time, let’s watch a clip from the documentary “ The Rise and Fall of the American Asylum What did “treatment” look like in asylums?
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Mental Asylums in America Mental hygiene movements _ Effort to improve care for mentally ill and reduce over-crowding
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Clifford Beers (1876-1943) Mental Hygiene Movement 1908 “A Mind That Found Itself” _ _ Wanted reform of mental hospitals and social reform to lessen incidence of mental illness
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Mental Asylums in America By mid 20 th century, asylums were warehouses for people _ _ Hospitals were forced to release people who weren’t cured
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Mental Asylums in America 1963: Community Mental Health Centers Act “_ Moved patients to community outpatient facilities Rationale for the act: Advancements in medication Public dissatisfaction Good intentions gone wrong yet again _ _
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