What started off as a listener suggested look into the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia became a disturbing timesuck into the dark history of mental health patient mistreatment, especially in late 19th century America. A diagnosis of reading too many novels or being prone to day dreaming could end up getting you an “icepick lobotomy”. Seriously. All this and so much more in this completely insane episode.
(Photos are, top row, left to right: Topeka State Hospital, inside Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, TA Lunatic Asylum front. Bottom row, left to right: tranquilizer chair, hydrotherapy, rotational chair therapy, TA reasons for admission plaque)