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WOMEN OF THE ASYLUM: Voices From Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A hundred years of first-person reports from women committed to mental institutions that seem no less distressing in the 20th century than in the 19th. Geller (Psychiatry/Univ. of Massachusetts) and Harris (Down from the Pedestal, 1994) have excerpted accounts from the speeches, journals, reports, and books of well-known and unknown women who found not asylum, but degradation, injustice ... Read full review

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Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Cynthia - Goodreads

Awesome compilation of essays from 19th-century and mid-20th-century female patients of lunatic asylums. Even in their brevity, many of the pieces are written with such emotional candor that a vivid portrayal results. Read full review

Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Goodreads

Awesome compilation of essays from 19th-century and mid-20th-century female patients of lunatic asylums. Even in their brevity, many of the pieces are written with such emotional candor that a vivid portrayal results. Read full review

Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Penny Emerson - Goodreads

Loved this book. Was very disturbing to learn about women being put in asylums mostly at the request of their husband with no psychiatric evaluation. Glad these women got to share their stores. Read full review

Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Goodreads

Very interesting read. To see and really feel what it was like in 1840-1945 in asylums. The poor women forced into these places for not feeling well or speaking up. The last story being written by actress, Frances Farmer. Read full review

Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Gia - Goodreads

Very interesting read. To see and really feel what it was like in 1840-1945 in asylums. The poor women forced into these places for not feeling well or speaking up. The last story being written by actress, Frances Farmer. Read full review

Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Goodreads

Completely worth reading, full of information- the content demands to be read. But what a dull book. Read full review

Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Angel - Goodreads

Completely worth reading, full of information- the content demands to be read. But what a dull book. Read full review

Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

I had a hard time getting through this depressing book, so sat down and finished it in one long sitting. It's an important piece of women's history, and of general psychiatric history. Read full review

Review: Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Goodreads

I had a hard time getting through this depressing book, so sat down and finished it in one long sitting. It's an important piece of women's history, and of general psychiatric history. Read full review

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