Comment: "Lunacy Treatment" - Unsigned - New York Tribune

Comment: "Lunacy Treatment" - Unsigned - New York Tribune

by: Unsigned | publication date: August 31, 1872 | Publication: The New York Tribune | journal issue: 31 August 1872 | pages: 4

"The narrative of THE TRIBUNE reporter who was confined in Bloomingdale Insane Asylum is continued in o ther columns of this issue of THE TRIBUNE. All candid readers will admit that the story is told dispassionately. In fact, so impressed has the writer been with his instructions to set down nothing he cannot establish as oath, and to divest himself of any feeling of prejudice or animosity toward the physicians or keepers, that he appears to err on the other side and to have lost something of the natural feeling of sympathy for the helpless creatures his mission was devised to aid by giving voice to those whom nature and man combine to silence as though entombed. In spite of a tameness which this conscientious precaution has given the narrative, it is nevertheless not wanting in the elements which make it absorbing reading, and the combined narratives form a powerful argument in favor of that reformation in the legal and medical treatment of insanity which must grow out of the agitation thus begun in this State...."

Commentary on the Julius Chambers undercover investigation of the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum.

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