Title: Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State
For more than half the nation's history, vast mental hospitals were a
prominent feature of the American landscape. From the mid-nineteenth
century to the early twentieth, over 250 institutions for the insane
were built throughout the United States; by 1948, they housed more than
a half million patients.
Christopher Payne spent six years documenting the decay of state mental
hospitals, visiting seventy institutions in thirty states.
Accompanying Payne's striking and powerful photographs is an essay by
Oliver Sacks, who described his own experience working at a state
mental hospital in his book Awakenings.
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