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A courageous female journalist's classic exposé of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth-century America In 1887, Nellie Bly accepted an assignment from publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World and went undercover at the lunatic asylum on Blackwell Island, America's first municipal mental hospital. Calling herself "Nellie Brown," she was able to convince policemen, a judge, and a series of doctors of her madness with a few well-practiced facial expressions of derangement. At the institution, Bly discovered the stuff of nightmares. Mentally ill patients were fed rotten, inedible food; violently abused by a brutal, uncaring staff; and misdiagnosed, mistreated, or generally ignored by the doctors and so-called mental health experts entrusted with their care. To her horror, Bly encountered sane patients who had been committed on the barest of pretenses and came to the shocking realization that, while the Blackwell Island asylum was remarkably easy to get into, it was nearly impossible to leave. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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A courageous female journalist's classic exposé of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth-century America
In 1887, Nellie Bly accepted an assignment from publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World and went undercover at the lunatic asylum on Blackwell Island, America's first municipal mental hospital. Calling herself "Nellie Brown," she was able to convince policemen, a judge, and a series of doctors of her madness with a few well-practiced facial expressions of derangement.
At the institution, Bly discovered the stuff of nightmares. Mentally ill patients were fed rotten, inedible food; violently abused by a brutal, uncaring staff; and misdiagnosed, mistreated, or generally ignored by the doctors and so-called mental health experts entrusted with their care. To her horror, Bly encountered sane patients who had been committed on the barest of pretenses and came to the shocking realization that, while the Blackwell Island asylum was remarkably easy to get into, it was nearly impossible to leave.
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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Bly, Nellie, -- 1864-1922
Hospitals -- New York (State) -- New York
Mentally ill -- Abuse of -- New York (State) -- New York
Mentally ill -- Commitment and detention
Mentally ill -- Commitment and detention -- New York (State) -- New York
N.Y. City Lunatic Asylum
New York (N.Y.) -- Hospitals
New York (N.Y.) -- Lunatic Asylum, Blackwell's Island
Psychiatric hospitals
Psychiatric hospitals -- New York (State) -- New York
Roosevelt Island (New York, N.Y.)
title_displayTen days in a mad-house
title_fullTen Days in a Mad-House
Ten days in a mad-house / Nellie Bly
Ten days in a mad-house [electronic resource] Bly, Nellie, 1864-1922,
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Bly, Nellie
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Hospitals
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Mentally ill
Nonfiction
Psychiatric hospitals
Psychology
Research
Sociology