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Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health

Doing Institutional Riskwork in a Mental Health Hospital

Racial Disparities in Mental Health Outcomes after Psychiatric Hospital Discharge among Individuals with Severe Mental Illness

STARLING, Hubert John (1874 - 1950), Consulting Physician, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and Norfolk Mental Hospital

BOLTON, Joseph Shaw (1867 - 1946), Emeritus Professor of Mental Diseases, University of Leeds; Hon. Consulting Physician, Bucks Mental Hospital; Medical Director, W Riding Mental Hospital, Wakefield, 1910–33

REID, Edward Douglas Whitehead (1883 - 1930), Senior Surgeon, Kent and Canterbury Hospital; Consulting Surgeon, Herne Bay Hospital; Consulting Surgeon, Canterbury Mental Hospital

Mental Health Care in Modern England: The Norfolk Lunatic Asylum, St Andrew's Hospital, 1810–1998

An Investigation Into the Length of Hospital Stay for Deaf Mental Health Service Users

Music Therapy Treatment Croups for Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDO) in a State Hospital Setting

HUTTON, (Isabel Emslie) (died 1960), Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist British Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders

VINCENT, William James Nathaniel (1867 - 1953), late Medical Superintendent, South Yorkshire Mental Hospital, Wadsley, Sheffield

HARE, John Gilbert (1869 - 1951), late Bacteriologist and Pathologist, Fullbourn Mental Hospital

GOODALL, Edwin (1863 - 1944), Hon. Consulting Physician, late Medical Superintendent, Cardiff Mental Hospital

SMITH, Robert Percy (died 1941), Consulting Physician for Mental Disorders, St Thomas’s Hospital

WINSLOW, L. Forbes (1844 - 1913), physician; founder of British Hospital for Mental Disorders, London

THOMSON, David George (1856 - 1923), late Medical Superintendent, County Mental Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich

Framing Mental Illness, 1923–1939: The Maudsley Hospital and its Patients

MERCIER, Charles Arthur (1852 - 1919), Physician for Mental Diseases to Charing Cross Hospital; Examiner in Mental Diseases at the London University


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An institution that provides care and shelter for people with mental, emotional, and personality disorders, sometimes severe enough to require custodial care. Mental hospitals have a long tradition, dating back at least to Pergamon in Asia Minor (350 BCE). Until the middle of the 19th century, there was almost no effective treatment for most of the inmates of such hospitals. Among their problems and challenges, an important one was the maintenance of good hygiene and sanitation. Influenced by the philosophy of deinstitutionalization, large custodial mental hospitals have been closed in many countries since the 1970s, and their patients removed to smaller residences or discharged to community care, despite the fact that such care often is inadequate. Cross infection remains a problem in institutions for the mentally retarded.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — United States History.

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