Asylum for the Insane: A History of the Kalamazoo State Hospital

Asylum for the Insane: A History of the Kalamazoo State Hospital


By (author) M.D. William A Decker

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  • Publisher: Arbutus Press
  • Format: Hardback | 370 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 279mm x 28mm | 1,315g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2008
  • ISBN 10: 193392604X
  • ISBN 13: 9781933926049
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

When the Kalamazoo State Hospital was founded in 1854, it was the first public facility for mentally ill built in Michigan and thus named the Michigan Asylum for the Insane. It was an era where there were no psychiatrists, even in the largest cities. Psychiatry grew from the exchange of information between the medical staff of these new public institutions. Author, William A. Decker, M.D. gives readers a comprehensive view of Michigan's first psychiatric facility including the architectural style and plans, building descriptions and history, Legislative Acts regarding the operation and governance, personnel information including Medical Directors, historical perspective on the causes of insanity, their treatment and services, noteworthy events and a complete bibliography and appendix

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