Tag: mental health

History Journalism Medicine Victorian era Women's history

Blackwell’s Island Asylum: “What, excepting torture, would produce insanity quicker than this treatment?”

This post was written by a guest blogger.  If you would like to guest blog, please fill out this form. Elizabeth Cochran’s Heroic Actions to Expose Corruption at Blackwell’s Island Women’s Asylum By Paulette Mahurin The Blackwell’s Island Asylum was the first civic mental hospital in the city of New York. Starting in the early […]

History Medicine World War One

Shell Shock Afflicted Healthy Men: PTSD During WW1

Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) was not a diagnosis during World War One, and psychiatry was a relatively new medical discipline. No one knew how intense stress affects the mind.  Not long after the war began, a new disease — first coined shell shock in 1915 but not in common use until later — began showing up […]

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