Bloomingdale Asylum Exposé - Julius Chambers - The New York Tribune

Reportage

Description

As a reporter for the New York Tribune, Julius Chambers went undercover as a patient to investigate conditions at the Bloomingdale Asylum following reports of abuse at the institution.

Media History

The reporting was intended for these media types: Newspaper

Effects and Outcomes

In the Tribune's estimation, the series fulfilled all of its goals: to expose, among other issues, gross mismanagement and process for this helpless population.

Articles, Books, Video/Film

  • Curtain-Raiser: "A Genuine Investigation of Bloomingdale Asylum" - [Julius Chambers] - New York Tribune

    August 28, 1872
    Curtain-raiser and explanation for the undercover investigation of the Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum by reporter ...
  • II-"Among the Maniacs" - Julius Chambers - New York Tribune | AMONG THE MANIACS: FOUR DAYS IN THE EXCITED WARDS OF BLOOMINGDALE A NIGHT OF HORROR AMONG RAVING PATIENTS --SLEEP DISTURBED BY AGONIZED CRIES OF THE DANGEROUS IDIOTS--CLOSE CELLS, UNCOMFORTABLE BEDS AND CHAIRS, SCANTY AND FOUL FOOD, FILTHY BATHS, AND RUDE AND VULGAR ATTENDANTS--NO AMUSEMENTS, GAMES, OR READING MATTER--IMBECILE BOYS EXPOSED NAKED TO THE SUN, AND VENERABLE BLIND MEN BEATEN BY ENRAGED KEEPERS--INSTANCES OF BRUTAL TREATMENT WITNESSED BY THE TRIBUNE REPORTER BLOOMINGDALE ASYLUM THE REPORTER GETS A REST THE EXCITED WARDS ANOTHER SEARCH SUBMITTED TO A NIGHT OF HORROR THE APPOINTMENTS OF A MANIAC WARD A MANIAC'S MORNING MEAL A LAT IN THE WARD HOW THE PATIENTS DINE "SPEAR TO THE DOCTOR" INCIDENTS OF LIFE IN THE LODGE A CASE OF BRUTALITY ATTENDANTS' HABITS AND LANGUAGE PRIVILEGES WHICH ARE DENIED THE McCABE LUNACY CASE MADHOUSES AND THEIR METHODS

    August 31, 1872
    Chambers' report of his four days incarcerated as a mental patient at the Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum, having ...
  • I-"The Lunacy Law Tested" - Julius Chambers - New York Tribune | THE LUNACY LAW TESTED: HOW TO IMPRISON A SANE MAN AND WHAT IT COSTS MEDICAL SCIENCE AT FAULT--AN EXAMINATION CONFINED TO THE COUNTING OF THE PULSE-- AN EXPERT DECIDES A LUNACY CASE IN LESS THAN ONE MINUTE--A POLICE JUSTICE COMMITS WITHOUT THE EXAMINATION REQUIRED BY LAW, THOUGH CERTIFYING THE EXAMINATION WAS MADE--THE STRICTEST REGULATIONS OF THE ASYLUM EVADED BY ITS PHYSICIAN MEMORANDA THE REPORTER'S STORY THE BRANDY TEST OF INSANITY A FAILURE A MEDICAL EXAMINATION BLOOMINGDALE SUGGESTED THE PHYSICIANS ALLOWED TO DRAW THEIR OWN INFERENCES THE NIGHT WITH THE NORSE OPENING THE BALL THE MOMENT OF CONQUEST ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE NURSE ANOTHER RELAPSE AND EXAMINATION WATCHED BY THE MEDICAL STUDENT RETURN OF THE PHYSICIAN RESULTS OF THE CONSULTATION SWEARING AWAY A MAN'S WITS THE ASYLUM REGULATIONS IN THEORY THE ASYLUM REGULATIONS IN PRACTICE A PERMIT OBTAINED WHAT IT COSTS TO IMPRISON A SANE MAN

    August 29, 1872
    Opening article by Julius Chambers describing his four-day incarceration at the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum and how ...
  • Comment: "Lunacy Treatment" - Unsigned - New York Tribune

    August 31, 1872
    Commentary on the Julius Chambers undercover investigation of the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum.
  • Comment: "Bloomingdale Once More" - Unsigned - New York Tribune

    September 3, 1872
    A summation of the results of Julius Chambers' undercover investigation of the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum and the ...
  • IV-"More About Bloomingdale" - Julius Chambers - New York Tribune | A WEEK'S EXPERIENCE IN THE QUIET WARDS A "SECOND-CLASS BOARDING-HOUSE" FOR COMPULSORY BOARDERS--FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE TREATMENT--A CLEAR PROFIT ON THE WEEKLY INCOME OF $947 A WEEK--ANXIETY OF THE PHYSICIANS TO GET RID OF PATIENTS FOR WHOM WRITS OF HABEAS HAVE BEEN SECURED TRANSFERRED TO QUIET WARDS AMUSEMENTS, COMFORTS, AND PRIVILEGES THE LIBRARY HALL VII THE CHANGE OF A WEEK DR. BURRILL'S OPINION OF THE ... A HARMLESS LETTER STOPPED CORRESPONDENCE NOT ENCOURAGED THE FIRST SIGHT OF A FRIEND THE KIND OF LETTERS INTERCEPTED THE LAST DAYS IN BLOOMINGDALE SPRINGING THE TRAP INTERVIEW WITH DR. DROWN THE PATIENT UNWILLING THE VIRTUE OF A WAIT DR. BROWN STILL ANXIOUS A DECIDEDLY UNPROFESSIONAL VISIT RELIGIOUS SERVICES THE DOCTOR'S ROUND THE CONFINEMENT OF A PRISON THREATS OF "THE LODGE." PRIVATE MESSAGES CANNOT BE GOT OUT A MOST ANNOYING DELAY THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND WHAT THEY PAY THE REPORTER'S AFFIDAVIT

    September 3, 1872
  • III-"Abuses of Lunatics" - Julius Chambers - New York Tribune | PUBLIC SENTIMENT AROUSED AND REFORM DEMANDED DEFECTIVE LUNACY LAWS IN MASSACHUSETTS FURTHER TESTIMONY OF VALUE HOW A $3,000 A YEAR PATIENT WAS TREATED PROPOSED LUNACY LEGISLATION NEWSPAPER COMMENTS A CLEAR CALM. TRUTHFUL STORY PAINFUL DISCLOSURES DEMANDING REFORM WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED A DISGRACE TO CIVILIZATION WHAT IS PROVED BY THE TRIBUNE INVESTIGATION A GREAT SERVICE DONE TO THE PUBLIC AN EFFECTIVE METHOD OF DEVELOPING THE TRUTH TRUE AMERICAN JOURNALISTIC ENTERPRISE THE VENERABLE DEFENDER OF THE ASYLUM AGAIN A REPLY TO THE POST NEED OF THE JURY SYSTEM DEMONSTRATED NEWSPAPER DISCOVERERS AND DETECTIVES THE EVIL OF PRIVATE ASYLUMS THE OBVIOUS REMEDY PROOF POSITIVE PAY THE PENALTY OF MISMANAGEMENT PLUCKING TRUTH FROM THE WEL

    September 2, 1872
    Brief article describing public outcry in response to Chambers' investigation of the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum.