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Bottle of Godfrey’s Mixture used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1860. It contained laudenum (an opiate) and treacle (molasses) and was used as a sedative.

Bottle of Godfrey's Mixture used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa It contained laudanum (an opiate) and treacle (molasses) and was used as a sedative.

Before Huey Long's reforms, patients at the Central Hospital for the Insane were locked in chairs during their 'recreation' time.

Before Governor Huey Long's reforms, patients at the Central Hospital for the Insane in Louisiana patients were locked in chairs during their 'recreation' time.

The haunting images were captured by Dr Hugh Welch Diamond, who specialised in treating mental patients

Harrowing portraits from Victorian lunatic asylum

The haunting images were captured by Dr Hugh Welch Diamond, who specialised in treating mental patients

Patient from London's Bethlam Royal Hospital also known as 'Bedlam' taken in the 1800s by Henry Hering

Patient from London's Bethlam Royal Hospital also known as 'Bedlam' taken in the by Henry Hering

The Zombie Ward: The chilling story of how 'depressed' women were put to sleep for months in an NHS hospital room - leaving mental scars that remain 40 years on Women with postnatal depression and anorexia passed through Royal Waterloo's infamous Ward 5  They were drugged and subjected to horrendous levels of ECT  Unluckiest were taken to the 'Narcosis Room' and put to sleep for weeks

The Zombie Ward: The chilling story of how 'depressed' women were put to sleep for months in an NHS hospital room - leaving mental scars that remain 40 years on

The Zombie Ward: The chilling story of how 'depressed' women were put to sleep for months in an NHS hospital room - leaving mental scars that remain 40 years on Women with postnatal depression and anorexia passed through Royal Waterloo's infamous Ward 5 They were drugged and subjected to horrendous levels of ECT Unluckiest were taken to the 'Narcosis Room' and put to sleep for weeks

>Photographs from An Illustrated Casebook of Victorian Psychiatric Patients in Bethlem Hospital | Burning Aquarium

>Photographs from An Illustrated Casebook of Victorian Psychiatric Patients in Bethlem Hospital

Presumed Curable: An Illustrated Casebook of Victorian Psychiatric Patients in Bethlem Hospital- Colin Gale Robert J Howard Wrightson Biomedical Publishing Ltd

Insane Asylums Mental Hospitals | Worcester State and Rochester New York Insane Asylums | Loveless

Worcester State and Rochester New York Insane Asylums

Men sitting in 112 degree heat and humidity, sweating, which is funneled into flasks to analyze and compare. Location: Worchester, MA, US Date taken: August 1949 Photographer: Herbert Gehr LIFE Magazine

Ada was to spend fifty six years at the Hospital, she died in September 1967 aged 75 years old. She was buried at Buckle Lane Cemetery, Row 13, Grave 27 on the 8th September.

Ada was to spend fifty six years at the Hospital, she died in September 1967 aged 75 years old. She was buried at Buckle Lane Cemetery, Row Grave 27 on the September.

Pilgrim State Hospital | Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938 | LIFE.com

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Not published in LIFE. Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, Alfred Eisenstaedt's photos from Pilgrim State Hospital in the late blended clear-eyed reporting with an almost palpable compassion.

History Insane Asylums Torture | Continuous Bath, Life Photograph

A form of treatment used up until the mid was to put female asylum patients in baths, zip them in from the outside so they are unable to get out, and leave them in these baths for several hours, usually in a dark room. This was considered therapy.

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