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Pilgrim State Hospital - "originally designed to house 12,500 patients on 1900 acres of land" - constructed from 1930-1941 in Brentwood, New York, USA. " . . . holds the record of being the largest psychiatric hospital in the world" when population peaked at 16,000.

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mental hospital nurses 1936 Absolutely fascinating article if you click through to the website printed in a 1930's LIFE magazine

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The TIME Vault: 1955

Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, 1938. A mental patient strapped into a continuous-flow tub. This method was used to calm down the patient. Their bodies were greased, which enabled them to remain in the tub for hours and gradually fall asleep.

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Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

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

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Cagey Situation Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Joseph Vigilis

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