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Ward 51 - Nightmare Of Violence
Michael Mok
In the third article of his "I Was a Mental Patient" series, Mok meets other patients at Kings County and learns about Ward 51, where the hospital's most violent psychiatric patients are held.
Inmates sleep on floor, mutter, stare into corner
Michael Mok
In part two of the World-Telegram's series, Mok describes how he gained admittance to the hospital and his first impressions of the facility and its patients.
Scared children, depraved men, jammed in wards; reporter reveals overcrowding and inadequate staff
Michael Mok
This is the first article in the World-Telegram's series called "I Was a Mental Patient" by reporter Michael Mok. From the editor's note: "For months, the World-Telegram has received complaints from men and women who have been patients in the psychiatric division of Kings County Hospital. The nature of the complaints was such that the World-Telegram decided to investigate conditions in the Brooklyn institution. Without the knowledge of any one in the hospital or in the Department of Hospitals, staff writer Michael Mok was assigned to become a patient in the psychiatric ward of Kings County. He spent eight days in the locked wards. He was instructed to report his findings in a constructive effort to improve conditions. His series begins today."
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