These photos are truly shocking. We have come a long way from these days and I can only imagine the nightmare life you must have led if you were assumed to have a mental illness.
And if you weren’t crazy when you went in, you certainly would be when you went out.
Diathermia was a treatment that involved sending a jolt of electricity through the patient’s brain. It also proved to be unpredictable and harmful.
In the 1800s, the doctors had a penchant for storing pieces of patients’ brains in wax for reasons unexplained.
It was once believed that mental disorders could be steamed away. Here are some patients in a sauna.
This abstract drawing might have been considered a masterpiece if it wasn’t drawn by a schizophrenic patient.