What comes to mind when you read the words lunatic asylum? The idea of imprisonment? Of being locked away from the world, cut off from all contact? The popular media images, whether in films, television, or in books about lunatic asylums tend towards bleak views of imprisonment, harsh uncaring attendants, and patients wondering around in a dazed, detached state, wearing straight jackets or having frenzied psychotic fits. Wards are portrayed as prison-like and undecorated. Is this an accurate portrayal of the reality of the experience of the mentally ill in the past?


Nineteenth Century Material Culture Historical Archaeology Teenth Century Accurate Portrayal 
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