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St. Joseph’s: The Perverse Pathology of Mary Corbliss (Part II)


            A staff member is always on duty in the day area.  The duties of the staff member include locking and unlocking things, screening visitors, turning down the television, handing out meal trays, and so on.  The staff member sits … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: In Conclusion


Paper Plates My place in time is marked: I came after paper plates and before plastic trash bags.  The paper plates would be passed down the line that stretched from the kitchen or dining room, down the hall and out … Continue reading

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Restraint and Seclusion (Part I)


Clarence J. Sundram, Chairman NYS Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled Dear Sir: Enclosed is my response to the Restraint and Seclusion Study.  In addition to the survey I have included something called “Notes from a Hospitalization” which … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part V)


Four-point The patient is removed to the third floor, and four-point.  Dr. Megna told me he hated putting people in four-point.  Certainly people hated being put in four-point, nevertheless, the system designed and built a special room for four-point.  It is … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part IV)


It is difficult to describe the utter futility one felt in Hutchings Psychiatric Center.  At every turn, I was denied the right to do things.  There was a recreational therapist who was supposed to provide group activity for the patients on the … Continue reading

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