Episode 86: We’re All Mad Here: Asylums Part 1

The Lunatic Asylum has loomed large in the public imagination since its very establishment as an institution. We have never been sure what to do with the mad, to use the vernacular of a bygone era. Despite our admitted ineptitude, we have been more than willing to try and do something with them for ages. Most of the things we did for most of recorded history have been horrifying, barbaric and ineffective. Join us this week as we explore the history of asylums and treatments for the mentally ill. We will discuss Nellie Bly’s breakthrough account of her experiences in the Blackwell’s Asylum, and the documentary that recorded World War II veterans’ experience PTSD, ‘Let There Be Light’. We will even spend a little time discussing the death of George Washington, and being glad that medicine has made a few advances since then.

Ep 86

Guest Story Teller: Not Alone Podcast Check out this great new podcast: http://www.notalonepodcast.com


Early Psychiatric Hospitals & Asylums – NIH

Asylums and Their History – Psychology Today

5 Insane Asylums and the Horrors That Happened There – The Lineup

Historical Perspectives on the Care and Treatment of the Mentally Ill – The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Six Abandoned Asylums with Genuinely Chilling Backstories – iO9

Madness and insanity: A history of mental illness from evil spirits to modern medicine

A home away from home – American Psychological Association

Bedlam: The History of Bethlem Hospital – Documentary

An appeal to the citizens of Pennsylvania for means to provide additional accomodations for the insane (1854)

Encyclopedia of Asylum Therapeutics, 1750-1950s By Mary De Young

The Four Humors and the Integrated Universe: A Medieval World View

Nellie Bly, Journalist, Dies of Pneumonia – NYT

Nellie Bly – The Pioneer Woman Journalist – A Resource Website

Nellie Bly – Scholastic

Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement – NewseumED

The Origin of the Bimaristans in Islamic Medical History

Narrenturm – Dark Tourism

Tower of Fools: Curiosities and wondrous stories – Vienna’s hidden spots

NARRENTURM | Tower of Fools

Language and the Cognitive Construal of the World – John R. Taylor

Evolution of the Concept of Disease – President’s Address – Professor Henry Cohen

From Hippocrates to Galen – Selected Papers – Jacques Johanna

Personality Theories – Hans Eysenck – George Boeree

Medicine and psychiatry in Western culture: Ancient Greek myths and modern prejudices by Michele Fornaro

How the Monro family ruled Bedlam

Let There Be Light (1946) and Its Restoration

Grub Street (Routledge Revivals): Studies in a Subculture By Pat Rogers

History of Leech Therapy

Blood Suckers – PBS

The Death of George Washington – Mount Vernon

Ten Days in a Mad-House – Nellie Bly

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets – Luke Dittrich


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s