4 thoughts on “Life Magazine/Worcester State Hospital Photos

  1. Thanks so much for posting this. My step-father was a psychiatrist who worked at the hospital during those years. I’ve not seen him in any of the posted photos, but will keep following these links.
    I also remember the old Gardner State Hospital. Our school arranged to have kids go there to sing Christmas carols.
    As scary as these scenes can be, they also show how desperately we sought, and continue to seek, treatments that would relieve the suffering brought about by mental illness. Some would argue that the misery resulting from the treatments is greater than the core illness. That’s true in more than a few cases. Unfortunately, that’s how most medicine and most public policy works – advancements for many often results in great suffering for a few.

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