Inside Oregon State Hospital: A History of Tragedy and Triumph

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Seen through the eyes of the patients who lived there, "Inside Oregon State Hospital" examines the world of the Northwest's oldest mental hospital, established in 1883. In desperate attempts to cure their patients, physicians injected them with deadly medications, cut holes in their heads, and sterilized them. Years of insufficient funding caused the hospital to decay into a crumbling facility with too few staff, as seen in the 1975 film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Today, after a $360 million makeover, Oregon State Hospital is a modern treatment hospital for the state's civil and forensic mentally ill. In this compelling account of the institution's tragedies and triumphs, author Diane Goeres-Gardner offers an unparalleled look at the very human story of Oregon's historic asylum.
ISBN: 9781626190405
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Oregon
Series: Landmarks
Images: 95
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Diane L. Goeres-Gardner is a fifth-generation Oregonian whose ancestors came to Oregon in 1852 and settled in Tillamook County. She is the award-winning author of four books, including Necktie Parties: Legal Executions in Oregon, 1851-1905 and Murder, Morality, and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon. John Terry is a retired journalist whose career, starting in 1963 with the Salem Capital Journal, spanned 50 years. For 15 years starting in 1997 he wrote a weekly column on Oregon history for The Oregonian.
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