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Ility was radical but paled "In Comparison To The "comparison to the some of the insane were living lives some of the insane were living in their family basements or atticsHowever the radical treatments and learning curve of doctors for how to treat the clinicall A short primer on the history of the asylum suitable as an overview for anyone unfamiliar with the building and with the treatment of and attitudes toward mental illness during the late 19th and early 20th centuries Hopefully a in depth and scholarly work will follow Trans Allegheny AsylumAsylums everywhere share many common things each uniue in their shared histories such as common medical and psychiatric treatments and problems the eerie way people were committed and forgotten just to name a few A storied history yet one that is ignominious The book is chock full of fascinating information but Mr Gleason is in desperate need of an editor The grammar and punctuation are distracting I bought this short book at the gift shop of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum after the 1030p to 1230a paranormal tour right before Halloween Creepy Imagine traversing the dark hallways of the violent female ward and hearing stories about the patients Didn t hear any voices when we were all told to be uiet but my stomach did rumble and scare the girl next to meThe book follows the story of the asylum from building it before the Civil War until its closure in 1987 It does have a few stories of patients and a good chapter on treatments used for mental illness in the 20th century And it has a whole chapter on Dr Walter Freeman the infamous lobotomist who was actually invited to West Virginia by the director of the state mental system As a result West Virginia s per capita rate of lobotomy in the 1950s was the highest in the nation Dr Freeman even crisscrossed the state in his Lobotomobile Scary stuff indeed. Wards crowded by a looming 200 foot clock tower The Asylum's massive walls hold terrifying tales of Civil War raids arson and suici. Good bookVery interesting and intriguing I am "planning on touring this asylum this summer It is nice to now a little history before I "on touring this asylum this summer It is nice to now a little history before I I read this book through Kindle Unlimited I barely got through the first chapter The Lack Of Punctuation Run On Sentences lack of punctuation run on sentences random details are really distracting The information may be interesting but it reads like a rushed undergraduate paper Hopefully the author will come back with some proper editing and grammar checking Interesting look at the timeline of the infamous facility located in Weston West Virginia The original structure was begun during the Civil War and the background facts are fascinating Having toured the asylum I was curious to now about its history and this book was a good resource The asylum itself is both majestic and tragic and this book will help you to understand why It s difficult to imagine that anyone so lucky as to have the opportunity to visit the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia wouldn t be fascinated enough by its imposing structure and storied history to try and learn about the institution Unfortunately commercial works on the asylum are rarer than a rational scientific approach to mental health in the 19th century Lunatic a slim volume of exactly the type hawked in gift shops attempts to fill the void To its credit the book opens with a few lines that are the definition void To its credit the book opens with a few lines that are the definition truth in advertising proclaiming that The following is an informal anecdotal narrative detailing the rise and fall of a 19th century insane asylum and the tumultuous events in and around the Asylum and in the United States in general that affected the causes and treatment of insanity In other words it s a brief gloss over the history of mental health care in America West Virginia during the Civil War and the construction of the asylum sprinkled The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum constructed between 1858 and 1881 is the largest hand cut blue sandstone building in the Western.

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Ith anecdotes about famous people who visited the site Dorothea Dix or interesting patients If It S Not At Least s not at least verbatim what shows up on the historical tour at or interesting patients If it s not at least 80% verbatim what shows up on the historical tour at I d be very surprised Full disclosure I ve read whole books about ice pick lobotomies so I took the ghost tour insteadDespite the sketchy sentence construction poorly reproduced photos and uestionable sourcing as far as I can tell the only work cited in the bibliography that deals directly with TALA is an oral history done as part of a thesis in 2008 with the rest mostly being general works on the history of mental health care the subject is captivating enough to eep you reading Descriptions of locals turning out to stare at inmates weekly dances offer a lurid reminder that insanity was once a spectator sport and brief references to the lives of individuals involved with the construction and operation of the asylum are tantalizing albeit frustratingOne day someone will write a definitive history of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum but until then we ll have to content ourselves with amateur efforts such as Lunatic which while somewhat lacking in scholarship at least offer the compensation of earnest local charm TragicTrans Allegheny was a fantastic idea for its time but lack of training and over crowding is not a good mix Other reviewers mention about grammar and punctuation Yes there is that but this was self published as a means to raise money to restore the facility So get past that It is a great step into history The book is written a bit like an emotional textbook The chapters are easy to follow and the included photos really help transport you to that timeThe book truly covers the rise and fall of an American asylum I didn t realize how mistreated the mentally ill were until reading this book The introduction of a treatment fac. Hemisphere This haunted Gothic structure was the end of the line for West Virginia's insane for 150 years There are nine acres of. ,

Lunatic Author Edward S. Gleason