Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum

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
Julius Chambers
Opening article by Julius Chambers describing his four-day incarceration at the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum and how the assignment came about.
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
Julius Chambers
Chambers' report of his four days incarcerated as a mental patient at the Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum, having feigned insanity to enter the institution undercover and expose its dubious practices. (HT/ Andie Tucher)
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