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The Vermont Asylum for the Insane: Its Annals for Fifty Years, 1836-1886

Author: Joseph Draper
Price: $55.00
Publisher: Hildreth and Fales
Publisher Location: Brattleboro VT
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First edition
Pub Date: 1887
Near fine copy, lightest wear to tips, bright, tight, clean and unmarked. From Wikipedia: "The Brattleboro Retreat was founded in 1834 as the Vermont Asylum for the Insane through a $10,000 bequest left by Anna Hunt Marsh for the establishment of a hospital that would exist independently and in perpetuity for the welfare of the mentally ill.The institution was renamed as the Brattleboro Retreat in the late 19th century in order to eliminate confusion with the state-run Vermont State Asylum for the Insane. Taking its inspiration from the York Retreat in Great Britain, the Brattleboro Retreat originated as a humane alternative to the otherwise demeaning and sometimes dangerous treatment of people with mental illness. The focus on "moral treatment," an idea derived from a Quaker concept, introduced by William Tuke in the late 18th century, which approaches mental illness as a disease and not a character flaw or the result of sin. This remains the institution's guiding philosophy. For much of the 19th and 20th century, treatment methods emphasized fresh air, physical activity, educational enrichment, therapeutic farm and kitchen work, and supportive staff. Some of the techniques used at the Brattleboro Retreat were influenced by the Quakers and Benjamin Rush, a physician and American Revolutionary War." The Brattleboro Retreat continues to provide residential and outpatient mental health services on the grounds of the Vermont Asylum. Most items ship with tracking numbers and (generally over $15.00) jacket protectors if applicable. Clean recycled packing material will be used when possible.