The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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More than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients' belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. In this fully-illustrated social history, they are skillfully examined and compared to the written record to create a moving-and devastating-group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.

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Review: The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

User Review  - Ellen Keim - Goodreads

I expected to really like this book; I thought the premise was fascinating. Unfortunately, what really did it for me was the authors' amateurish psychologizing and endless speculations about the ... Read full review

Review: The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

User Review  - Pmalcpoet Pat Malcolm - Goodreads

The title is descriptive of this book, and in itself is fascinating. The book was a little thin for my taste, and quite dry, clearly more academic than I might have liked. While the book seemed to be ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Darby Penney is an accomplished poet, a national leader in the human rights movement for people with psychiatric disabilities and a former state mental health official who has experienced the mental health system inside and out.

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