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

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 372 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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User Review  - glade1 - LibraryThing

Fascinating look at mental health care in the early to mid 20th Century. I found the narratives a bit jumbled; they seemed to jump in time and skip around. But that was a minor irritation, and overall ... Read full review

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User Review  - littlebirdreads - LibraryThing

Quite interesting read- I was both interested and heartbroken while reading this. It sheds some light on the lives of those who lived at Willard Psychiatric Hospital during its 125 years of operation. Read full review

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Index
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SOURCES
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FOREWORD
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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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