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The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States (Architecture, Landscape and Amer Culture) 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
My only complaint with the book is that it left me wanting more. I would like to have seen more interior photographs on some of the surviving buildings as they are today (like those you can find at [...]). I also wish the author had devoted a little space to Danvers State Hospital, the fascinating building best known from the film "Session 9." There were also a number of cases where the floor plans for various buildings either lacked the key that explained what each room was, or where the key was effectively too small to read.
That said, I found this book to be a very good source of detailed information about the history and philosophy of assylums in the US.
so a reader should go online and search "Historic mental institutions" etc. etc .
There once was a "kingdom of confinement" that was big, big business. The population
was that much smaller . . . yet there were that many committed to fill the nation-wide
"asylum-chain" extent of institutionalization!?!?!?!?
19th century insane asylums. She has done
a masterful job of blending meticulous research
and superb analysis with well crafted writing.
Yanni, who is well versed in the history of architecture
and the history of science, tells a compelling,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The research that was completed for this book is so detailed as to capture a different time in our history and in the history of the insane asylum. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Gwendolyn
A work very much focused on the architecture of the Kirkbride plan for asylums and a work well worth investing in, should one's tastes lean in that direction.Published on October 7, 2013 by Jeffrey
this is one creepy book,
but well documented, and provides a context for mental illness treatment methods, and the role of architecture
The fantastic and breathtaking architecture is mind boggling.That so much space at the time was needed is sad and speaks volumes.Published on May 18, 2012 by darnit
This is a fascinating read for anyone hyper-focused on the history of mental institution architecture. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Susan Lindt