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Read Lunatic AUTHOR Edward S. Gleason 108 Hemisphere This haunted Gothic structure was the end of the line for West Virginia's insane for 150 years There are nine acres of. Interesting look at the timeline of the infamous facility located in Weston West Virginia The original structure was begun during the Civil War and the background facts are fascinating Having toured the asylum I was curious to know about its history and this book was a good resource The asylum itself is both majestic and tragic and this book will help you to understand why

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Read Lunatic AUTHOR Edward S. Gleason 108 Wards crowded by a looming 200 foot clock tower The Asylum's massive walls hold terrifying tales of Civil War raids arson and suici. Trans Allegheny AsylumAsylums everywhere share many common things each uniue in their shared histories such as common medical and psychiatric treatments and problems the eerie way people were committed and forgotten just to name a few A storied history yet one that is ignominious

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Read Lunatic AUTHOR Edward S. Gleason 108 The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum constructed between 1858 and 1881 is the largest hand cut blue sandstone building in the Western. It s difficult to imagine that anyone so lucky as to have the opportunity to visit the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia wouldn t be fascinated enough by its imposing structure and storied history to try and learn about the institution Unfortunately commercial works on the asylum are rarer than a rational scientific approach to mental health in the 19th century Lunatic a slim volume of exactly the type hawked in gift shops attempts to fill the void To its credit the book opens with a few lines that are the definition of truth in advertising proclaiming that The following is an informal anecdotal narrative detailing the rise and fall of a 19th century insane asylum and the tumultuous events in and around the Asylum and in the United States in general that affected the causes and treatment of insanity In other words it s a brief gloss over the history of mental health care in America West Virginia during the Civil War and the construction of the asylum sprinkled with anecdotes about famous people who visited the site Dorothea Dix or interesting patients If it s not at least 80% verbatim what shows up on the historical tour at TALA I d be very surprised Full disclosure I ve read whole books about ice pick lobotomies so I took the ghost tour insteadDespite the sketchy sentence construction poorly reproduced photos and uestionable sourcing as far as I can tell the only work cited in the bibliography that deals directly with TALA is an oral history done as part of a thesis in 2008 with the rest mostly being general works on the history of mental health care the subject is captivating enough to keep you reading Descriptions of locals turning out to stare at inmates weekly dances offer a lurid reminder that insanity was once a spectator sport and brief references to the lives of individuals involved with the construction and operation of the asylum are tantalizing albeit frustratingOne day someone will write a definitive history of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum but until then we ll have to content ourselves with amateur efforts such as Lunatic which while somewhat lacking in scholarship at least offer the compensation of earnest local charm