Book ID: CBB001200650

Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape (2012)


Ziff, Katherine K. (Author)

Ohio University Press

Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: xiv + 220 pp.; ill.; maps; bibl.; index
Language: English

"Asylum on the Hill is the story of a great American experiment in psychiatry, a revolution in care for those with mental illness, as seen through the example of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. Built in Southeast Ohio after the Civil War, the asylum embodied the nineteenth-century "gold standard" specifications of moral treatment. Stories of patients and their families, politicians, caregivers, and community illustrate how a village in the coalfields of the Hocking River Valley responded to a national impulse to provide compassionate care based on a curative landscape, exposure to the arts, outdoor exercise, useful occupation, and personal attention from a physician. Although ultimately doomed by overcrowding and overshadowed by the rise of new models of psychiatry, for twenty years the therapeutic community at Athens pursued moral treatment therapy with energy and optimism. Ziff's fresh presentation of America's nineteenth-century asylum movement shows how the Athens Lunatic Asylum accommodated political, economic, community, family, and individual needs and left an architectural legacy that has been uniquely renovated and repurposed"--Provided by publisher.

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Review King, Lucy Jane (2013) Review of "Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape". Indiana Magazine of History (p. 74). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Faschi, Viviana
Silvano, Giovanni
Valacchi, Maria Luisa
Crawley, Alex
Brewer, Amanda Lynn
Evers, David L.
Health and History
Medicina Historica
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
The Lancet
North Carolina Historical Review
History of Psychology
University of Toledo
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Toronto Press
University of North Carolina Press
Presses de l'Université du Québec
Franco Angeli
Psychiatric hospitals
Mental disorders and diseases
Hospitals and clinics
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
White, William Alanson
Pinel, Philippe
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
Lacan, Jacques
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
Progressive Era (1890s-1920s)
20th century, late
18th century
United States
Ohio (U.S.)
Southern states (U.S.)

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