Long before Prozac

August 13, 2007

“In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.”
Dorothea Dix (1802 – 1887), who became a fervent lobbyist for the mentally ill after teaching Sunday school in an East Cambridge jail where the mentally ill inmates were lumped together in an unsanitary, odiferous room without heat or furniture. When Dix asked jail officials why the conditions were so harsh, they told her that “the insane do not feel heat or cold.”

More on Dix & the first American mental asylums at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Dix

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