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Ten Days in a Mad-House Paperback – July 7, 2011

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About the Author

Nellie Bly (1864-1922) was the pen name of pioneering American investigative journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran, whose best-known works include Ten Days in a Mad-House and Around the World in Seventy-Two Days.

Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including one for Never Say Die by Susan Jacoby. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146369539X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463695392
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this in just a few days but the story will be with me forever. I have an interest in mental health and this book is a snapshot of time when mental health wasn't really understood. Nellie Bly went undercover and sought out the truth of what was happening to mental patients at institutions during a time when it was common to send women away for just about anything. The story turns truly horrifying when she arrives at the island. Her determinitation and bravery began a serious look at the treatment of the patients and had outcomes that would be sure that the patients would be treated with dignity and respect.
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Ten Days in a Mad-House is the true account of female journalist Nellie Bly as she took on an undercover assignment investigating the inner working of a mental institution in New York in 1887. The fact that Bly took the risk of getting herself committed, knowing that conditions would be grim, says a lot about her bravery and dedication to journalistic integrity.

Over the counrse of ten days, Bly (who expressed surprised at how easily she was pronounced insane) experienced the poor conditions of Blackwell's Island alongside her fellow inmates. She soon found that with inedible food, no heat, filthy water, abusive "nurses", and total seclusion it was no wonder the women had gone insane. Bly viewed them with sympathy and felt that many of them were not, in fact, "crazy", but depressed, sick, or victimized.

Bly was soon released and shared her finding in The York World. Her time at Blackwell's Island provided fascinating and disturbing insight into the treatment of mentally ill patients and did result in reform.

You might think that a book about mental illness and a corrupt system would be hard to get through, but it is a surprisingly quick read. Bly has a very engaging style of writing and the first-person descriptions are engrossing. She was something of an anomaly in her time, but her risks paid off for the future of the mental health field.

Bly had this to say when approached by her editor with the idea of going under cover. "I said I would and I could. And I did." Yes she did. Most of us would not have done the same. A great read for those who enjoy investigative journalism or who are interested in learning more about 19th century asylums. To the latter, I must also recommend Seeing the Insane by Sander Gilman.
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The book provides an insightful perspective into the way that the mentally ill were treated during the latter part of the 19th Century. Nellie's intrusion into this world is nothing short of frightening. What shocks me the most isn't the way the patients are treated, but the ease with which a moderately sane person could find herself taken out of society and placed in a world where madness was the norm. A wonderful short read, and a must for anyone studying late 19th century society (sane or insane).
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I downloaded an audio version of this book. I like the concept that she purposefully went to a Mad House. Her details are amazing. I work in a mental hospital and I reflected on the similarities and differences of the experiences. I'm glad that through this writing, things changed for this and other hospitals at the time. It was worth listening to.
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After season two of American Horror I became curious about the way mental hospitals had been run. Since Nellie Bly accessed the asylum and reported on it long before the tv show came around I wondered if they used her book as part of the premise for the show.

It is a very sad story and shows what a great journalist is willing top go through to get a story. When the story is reality and far worse than fiction, you can't help but feel sick and hope history will not repeat itself.

The book is short, quite a quick read. Although it is short, it does not lack in details or feeling.
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Mental illness is in our family...Reading a description of days and patients from earlier days was informative gave me an idea of how far we have come, and how much effort it took to impact improvements in treatment and care.
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It was truly amazing how little it took to get put into a mad-house in those days! Nellie Bly writes a fascinating and actually tragic story of what went on in a mad-house in those days. But, I really don’t believe things have changed that much in how patients are treated mentally and emotionally; the only real exception being that they cannot get away with physically abusing patients in our current day. But, in the current day, the emotional abuses of patients are still rampant.

It was amazing to me to read Nellie Bly’s account of how easily people in the community reacted in a negative way to someone that appeared “different” in some way, however minor, even though the person (Nellie Bly) was not acting out in any aggressive way whatsoever. But, when you really consider things, people are just as non-compassionate today towards their fellow human beings. As the saying goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

I think if you enjoy studying the field of mental health or psychology, you will likely enjoy this book (that is, if those in those fields can bear to look at themselves…).
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