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Scary Asylums of the Past (31 pics)

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Creepy photos of old asylums.

Serbian Psychiatric Hospital. Photo taken by George Georgiou who worked in Kosovo and Serbia between 1999 and 2002.

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Female patients receiving Radium Therapy, early 20th century


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Chair used to calm hysterical patients--looks an awful lot like an electric chair


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An insane asylum patient restrained by warders, Yorkshire, 1869, Henry Clarke.


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A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920's. Diathermia used a galvanized current to jolt psychosis sufferers. Doctors eventually deemed it unsafe and unreliable.


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Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA insane asylum, 1870's.




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A chronic schizophrenic patient stands in a catatonic position. He maintained this uncomfortable position for hours


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The Pilgram Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA could house as many as 14,000 patients at a time. This self-sufficient mental asylum adopted extremely aggressive methods of "curing the insane". Lobotomies and electric shock therapy were the norm. The doctors at this asylum started using large doses of insulin and metrozol to drive patients into a violent coma, just to be rid of them.


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Basement Dining


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A list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s.


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Pilgrim State Hospital Brentwood NY, USA 1940s


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Lobotomy tools


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Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. Man in restraints, B, violent ward. 1945


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Mechanical slapping massage device at BC sanitarium


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Norwich State Hospital, Connecticut, USA


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A mother who has tuberculous, and is on strict bed rest, leaves her room at the sanatorium for a Sunday walk with her family.... but she does not leave her bed.


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Made by a paranoid schizophrenic patient


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Cuenca, Spain, 1961 Insane asylum


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Sections of brain encased in wax. West Park Mental Hospital 'Mortuary'


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Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital, playroom." Tots at the Washington Asylum for 'Foundlings'


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Self harm at an Asylum, 1964


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Patients in steam cabinets, c 1910.


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An X-ray image of needles driven into the flesh by a psychiatric patient.


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Abandoned asylum, Limbiate, Italy


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In the late 19th century it was a widely held belief that masturbation caused insanity and devices such as this were designed to prevent the wearer from touching or stimulating himself. They were often used in mental institutions.


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17th-Century Insanity Mask.


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Hydrotherapy first used in the early 1900s, Immersion in a tub of water to make a patient relax when agitated or relieve some ailment, lasted a few hours to overnight. 1936


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Self decorated patient, Asylum life 1800s


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Sunland Asylum...Dr. Freeman, the quack who invented lobotomies. The procedure turned most 'problem' patients into zombies.


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Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire ca. 1869


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There is no way out......


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№1 Author: Hypertension (12 Feb 2014 03:57) Total user comments: 1184


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Reasons For Admission : Masturbation for 30 years.

oh shhhhh ... i gotta stop NOW ! :15:
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№2 Author: YeahRight (12 Feb 2014 04:28) Total user comments: 1632


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...don't fool yourselves...this SH!T still happens today...
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№3 Author: Jefe (12 Feb 2014 08:16) Total user comments: 0


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#10 was the late 1800s yet there's a phone number w/ three digit area code and website?
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№4 Author: dc (12 Feb 2014 10:51) Total user comments: 0


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Reason for admission: "Politics". 'Nuff said.
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№5 Author: Tomaz86 (12 Feb 2014 14:10) Total user comments: 10815


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Previously people liked to torture.
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№6 Author: saint357 (12 Feb 2014 14:32) Total user comments: 2366


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Yea ok :09:
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№7 Author: lepetitrat (13 Feb 2014 16:44) Total user comments: 66


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Number 28 - self decorated patient looks like an avarege fashionalble teenager nowadays :07:
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№8 Author: JonesJones (16 Feb 2014 22:45) Total user comments: 23


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Reading novel is a reason for admission as well...
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