An Insight Into An Insane Asylum

An Insight Into An Insane Asylum

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In 1881, Joseph Camp, an elderly and self-trained Methodist minister from TalladegaCounty in eastern Alabama, was brought by his family to BryceHospital, an insane asylum in Tuscaloosa, where he remained for over five months. Camp, misled by relatives concerning the purpose of the trip, was shocked and angered at his loss of freedom and his treatment in the hospital. After his release, he composed an account of his stay and published it at his own expense, providing a rare glimpse of 19th century mental health care from a patient’s viewpoint. Camp’s account reveals his naive trust in others, but also a sharp and retentive memory. Camp is remarkably accurate in his account of the details of his treatment and the operation and staff of the hospital, although his emotional assessments reflect his unhappiness with his situation. Adding to the importance of Camp’s account is the fact that in the 19th century Bryce was considered a remarkably humane institution focused on recovery. Camp provides a glimpse into how treatment for the insane felt to the recipient.


In 1881, Joseph Camp, an elderly and self-trained Methodist minister from Talladega County, Alabama, was brought by his family to Bryce Hospital, an insane asylum in Tuscaloosa, where he remained for over five months. This book is an account of his stay and provides a rare glimpse of 19th century mental health care from a patient's viewpoint.



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In 1881 Methodist minister Joseph Camp was admitted to Bryce Hospital, an insane asylum in Eastern Alabama. After his five month stay at the hospital, Camp was inspired by the horrific conditions of Bryce to write this book chronicling his experiences there. This new publication of Camp's original book includes an introduction by John S. Hughs. Camp's story offers readers fascinating insight into the conditions of mental institutions during the 19th century. This book appeals to those with an interest in medical history. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780817385330
0817385339
9780817356514
0817356517
Characteristics: 1 online resource (134 pages)
Additional Contributors: Hughes, John S. 1954-

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