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The Resource Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals, photographs by Christopher Payne ; with an essay by Oliver Sacks

Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals, photographs by Christopher Payne ; with an essay by Oliver Sacks

Label
Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals
Title
Asylum
Title remainder
inside the closed world of state mental hospitals
Statement of responsibility
photographs by Christopher Payne ; with an essay by Oliver Sacks
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"For more than half the nation's history, vast mental hospitals were a prominent feature of the American landscape. From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, over 250 institutions for the insane were built throughout the United States; by 1948, they housed more than a half million patients. The blueprint for these hospitals was set by Pennsylvania hospital superintendant Thomas Story Kirkbride: a central administration building flanked symmetrically by pavilions and surrounded by lavish grounds with pastoral vistas. Kirkbride and others believed that well-designed buildings and grounds, a peaceful environment, a regimen of fresh air, and places for work, exercise, and cultural activities would heal mental illness. But in the second half of the twentieth century, after the introduction of psychotropic drugs and policy shifts toward community-based care, patient populations declined dramatically, leaving many of these beautiful, massive buildings - and the patients who lived in them - neglected and abandoned. Architect and photographer Christopher Payne spent six years documenting the decay of state mental hospitals like these, visiting seventy institutions in thirty states. Through his lens we see splendid, palatial exteriors (some designed by such prominent architects as H.H. Richardson and Samuel Sloan) and crumbling interiors - chairs stacked against walls with peeling paint in a grand hallway; brightly colored toothbrushes still hanging on a rack; stacks of suitcases, never packed for the trip home. Accompanying Payne's striking and powerful photographs is an essay by Oliver Sacks (who described his own experience working at a state mental hospital in his book Awakenings). Sacks pays tribute to Payne's photographs and to the lives once lived in these places, "where one could be both mad and safe"--Jacket
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Payne, Christopher
Dewey number
362.2/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • photographs
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC439
LC item number
.P285 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2010 D-555
  • WM 17
NLM item number
P346a 2009
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1933-2015
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Sacks, Oliver
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Photography
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric
  • Architecture as Topic
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • United States
  • Photography
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • United States
  • Psychiatrische Klinik
  • USA
  • Psykiatriska sjukhus
Label
Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals, photographs by Christopher Payne ; with an essay by Oliver Sacks
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Asylum / Oliver Sacks -- The state mental hospitals / Christopher Payne -- The photographs
Control code
ocn304078667
Dimensions
27 x 30 cm
Extent
209 pages
Isbn
9780262013499
Lccn
2009003622
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
3034839
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), chiefly photographs
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o304078667
  • (OCoLC)304078667
Label
Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals, photographs by Christopher Payne ; with an essay by Oliver Sacks
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Asylum / Oliver Sacks -- The state mental hospitals / Christopher Payne -- The photographs
Control code
ocn304078667
Dimensions
27 x 30 cm
Extent
209 pages
Isbn
9780262013499
Lccn
2009003622
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
3034839
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), chiefly photographs
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o304078667
  • (OCoLC)304078667

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