Crumbling Castles: The Lost Asylums at Taunton and Northampton (Paperback)

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In the towns of Taunton and Northampton, Massachusetts' earliest public psychiatric hospitals were left abandoned and whispered about by those living in their shadows. Built using the "Kirkbride plan," these relics were designed specifically to cure mental illness based on early nineteenth-century cure theories, which included fresh air, regimentation and an aesthetic environment. Their elegant spires and arched passages were feats of engineering blended with medical science, as architects worked alongside doctors to design these elaborate institutions. The vast corridors of these hospitals were quickly overburdened with patients however, and in short time the asylums became not only a last resort for treatment, but even a place to be feared. As treatment of mental health progressed, these castle-like hospitals grew increasingly obsolete until they were finally shuttered by the state. Tom Kirsch takes us on a journey into these forbidden places where few have ventured with his photography, while providing the important context of why they were built and their fall from grace.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781634991193
ISBN-10: 1634991192
Publisher: America Through Time
Publication Date: March 25th, 2019
Pages: 96
Language: English