The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry: A History of Misery and Medicine [NOOK Book]

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The Quaker City and its hospitals were pioneers in the field of mental health. Yet by the end of the nineteenth century, its institutions were crowded and patients lived in shocking conditions. The mentally ill were quartered with the dangerously criminal. By 1906, the city had purchased a vast acreage of farmland incorporated into the city, and the Philadelphia Hospital dubbed its new venture Byberry City Farms. From the start, its history was riddled with corruption and committees, investigations and inquests, ...
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The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry: A History of Misery and Medicine

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Overview

The Quaker City and its hospitals were pioneers in the field of mental health. Yet by the end of the nineteenth century, its institutions were crowded and patients lived in shocking conditions. The mentally ill were quartered with the dangerously criminal. By 1906, the city had purchased a vast acreage of farmland incorporated into the city, and the Philadelphia Hospital dubbed its new venture Byberry City Farms. From the start, its history was riddled with corruption and committees, investigations and inquests, appropriations and abuse. Yet it is also a story of reform and redemption, of heroes and human dignity—many dedicated staff members did their best to help patients whose mental illnesses were little understood and were stigmatized by society. Join author J.P. Webster as he explores the fascinating and complex history of the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016736556
  • Publisher: The History Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/6/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 256,549
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

J.P. Webster is an avid Philadelphia historian, amateur photographer and urban explorer. His photos have been published in the Northeast Times, City Paper, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Germantown Crier. John is a member of the Northeast Philadelphia and Frankford Historical Societies.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Wow ! Here's a wonderfully chronicled history of the notorious

    Wow ! Here's a wonderfully chronicled history of the notorious Byberry Mental Hospital, that reads almost like a novel. It's a compelling read. It's also a wide reaching informational on how mental illness was treated throughout Philadelphia's history. I was impressed. I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    I loved every part of this book. I highly recommend it as a summ

    I loved every part of this book. I highly recommend it as a summer read or as a gift  for Father's Day , Halloween as a treat and Birthday present for the History and Asylum buffs. Also for local history buffs from Somerton, Parkwood, Millbrook, Chalfont, Northeast Philly and Bensalem The FIRST book written on BYBERRY !!! Finally!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Amazing! A skillfully told story, and long overdue. Worth the re

    Amazing! A skillfully told story, and long overdue. Worth the read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    What a story, and it's all real. This one pulled me in and serve

    What a story, and it's all real. This one pulled me in and served up some shock. I found myself staring at some of the pictures, they were interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

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    This book was AMAZING. Right when i first started reading i knew it was going to be great. I highly recomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    This book is amazing and really tells the true story of the pain

    This book is amazing and really tells the true story of the pain and poor conditions the patients went through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    No way

    I read the free sample before buying book and it led me to think the book would be more about the patients however most of the book is about the funding . Big let down, being from Philadelphia I remember reading about byberry and recall driving pass there as a child and seeing people walking around the grounds half naked.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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