Insane Asylums in the 19th and 20th Century

Who came up with these treatments?

by on Feb.21, 2014, under Uncategorized

Dr. Benjamin Rush created the Tranquilizing Chair. Belief back then was that craziness or madness was an arterial disorder. Or an inflammation of the brain. The idea was to control blood flow to the confined patients brain. He was going to achieve this by lowering motor activity, or reducing muscular action. Both his inventions did harm or any good to the patients. Rush also believed that purging or bleeding patients to cure any illness or disorder. Rush used this in the Yellow Fever also. Dr. Kirkbride had a less painful way of treating his patients. Dr. Kirkbride split up each group of people into separate parts of the asylum. As in women in one hall and men in the other. The more hyper patients would be away from the main entrance. The calmer and well behaved patients would be located closer to the entrance. His idea was that patients needed more of a natrual environment with people like them. He let them get daylight and fresh air. Patients worked on farms and did house chores. Most doctors were catholic, that is why they believed in the demo possession.  On the more dark side a lot of insane asylum doctors did not follow Dr. Kirkbride’s lead.


(Meghan’s Perspective) OK, Dr. Rush i have heard of him before, he is totally CRAZY! He needs to go to an insane asylum himself. His theory on the chair was a good idea, it could of worked. I would of believed it. Now Dr. Kirkbride, he seemed like he knew what he was doing. I would rather go to his asylum than any other. Now people back then did not know what we do. So they believed on their religion like the whole demon thing. If i was alive that is what i would resort to. So that makes sense to me. It is still crazy!



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