Soon to be a major motion picture: A courageous female journalist’s classic exposé of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth-century America
In 1887, Nellie Bly accepted an assignment from publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World and went undercover at the lunatic asylum on Blackwell Island, America’s first municipal mental hospital. Calling herself “Nellie Brown,” she was able to convince policemen, a judge, and a series of doctors of her madness with a few well-practiced facial expressions of derangement.
At the institution, Bly discovered the stuff of nightmares. Mentally ill patients were fed rotten, inedible food; violently abused by a brutal, uncaring staff; and misdiagnosed, mistreated, or generally ignored by the doctors and so-called mental health experts entrusted with their care. To her horror, Bly encountered sane patients who had been committed on the barest of pretenses and came to the shocking realization that, while the Blackwell Island asylum was remarkably easy to get into, it was nearly impossible to leave.
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What did I think
First off I want to say that this book mad me uncomfortable , and the one reason is because I suffer from suffer from mild depression and anxiety ( with my anxiety the I suffer from : A state of uneasiness, apprehension; nervousness around people who are deemed to be important
overly concerned about what people think,overly concerned about how people might react,hyper sensitive to rejection,) and with my mild depression ( I feel like the walls are closing in on me and I'm free falling , plus I just want to cry all the time and hide , don't want to do any thing and that means I don't even want to pick up any books to read at all , play with my dogs or do stuff with my family ) and because of that I was on the biggest reading slump I was ever in for a long time, I found out that I mild depression and anxiety back in 2012 , not only do I have to live with that but I also have to live with have migraines ( which means that I have Sensitivity to light or sound
Nausea, Vomiting and Severe pain, usually on one side of the head that some individuals describe as "pounding) reading this was like a night mare because its told by the author herself how the people was treated and all time I kept think I was glad I was not born back in that time because I would never have gotten out if I was put in to one, anyone could put someone in that places even the Drs who was to take care of the people who went to see them, even family could have their own family members admitted , what and how they treated their patients was like they was not even human and had no rights at all , there was this one patient who kept telling them she was just getting over been sick and what did her friends do they admitted her to that place without a though, this books talks about how they kept patients locked up at night, how they give them really cold baths, not even the rooms had heat in them to keep them warm at night or day, how the nurse would beat the patients if they said or did something to make them mad, I don't understand how the author even stayed true to herself the ten days she was in there while its a book every one need to read and have in their library its not for everyone , and while I'll be keep it in my kindle one I don't think I'll be re read it for a while or go see the movie when it comes out, it does make you think and wonder if we have came so far to change how we treat people who are different and need the help or are we still back in the days like the nineteenth-century America. I'm hoping that we're a hole lot better and wiser but then I hear and read about how patients are still treated today and then my hopes die, so please pick it this and let me know what you think.