Pathology - Photo of the Abandoned Pilgrim State Hospital

Pathology - Photo of the Abandoned Pilgrim State Hospital

Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, 1938  Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938 | LIFE.com

Not originally published in LIFE. Pilgrim State (Psychiatric) Hospital, Brentwood, NY, Scary and imposing.

Pilgrim State Hospital | Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938 | LIFE.com

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Not published in LIFE. Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, Alfred Eisenstaedt's photos from Pilgrim State Hospital in the late blended clear-eyed reporting with an almost palpable compassion.

Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY - The best known controversy about this surrounded the case of Beulah Jones, a patient there between 1952 and 1972 who received both such treatments and was left seriously impaired. However, Pilgrim State Hospital and the other state hospitals began to decline shortly afterwards with the advent of pharmaceutical alternatives to institutionalization.

Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY - The best known controversy about this surrounded the case of Beulah Jones, a patient there between 1952 and 1972 who received both such treatments and was left seriously impaired. However, Pilgrim State Hospital and the other state hospitals began to decline shortly afterwards with the advent of pharmaceutical alternatives to institutionalization.

<b>Not published in LIFE.</b> Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, 1938.

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Pilgrim State Mental Hospital, Brentwood, NY, Alfred Eisenstaedt - right by my grandma's house!

Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY - A woman in restraints

Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY - A woman in restraints

Egress Please Photograph by Joseph Vigilis

Egress Please

Egress Please Photograph by Joseph Vigilis

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