Drunkard's Refuge: The Lessons of the New York State Inebriate Asylum

Drunkard's Refuge: The Lessons of the New York State Inebriate Asylum


By (author) John W. Crowley, By (author) William White

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  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 233mm x 17mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Massachusetts
  • ISBN 10: 1558494308
  • ISBN 13: 9781558494305
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, 1 port.
  • Sales rank: 1,904,072

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Opened during the Civil War in 1864, the New York State Inebriate Asylum in Binghampton was the first medically directed addiction treatment centre in the US. This book provides a lively account of this pioneering facility and its charismatic founder, Dr Joseph Edward Turner.

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"A compelling case study of the attempt to create what we would call today an alcoholism recovery center. The product of two of the most distinguished scholars in the field of addiction studies, the book's importance lies in the fact that the Inebriate Asylum was the first institution of its kind in America and the material relating to its rise and fall is both vivid and intriguing."