Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - Admission Criteria, 1864-1889

One or another iteration of the West Virginia institution flourished through 1994.

Perhaps you might explain what numbers of these admission tripwires might mean. 

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 8, 2018 at 4:51pm

BTW   Eagles...Champions of the World.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 8, 2018 at 6:55pm

Do you know anyone who doesn’t belong there?

Comment by Rosigami on February 8, 2018 at 9:54pm

Frighteningly hilarious! 

Comment by alsoknownas on February 9, 2018 at 7:53am

Yeesh. How big was this place?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 9, 2018 at 8:13am

What strikes me is that the people who drew up this list and managed the place are likely to have been dedicated and caring people. 

Comment by koshersalaami on February 9, 2018 at 8:43am

Well, when it comes to ailments, they certainly were inclusive.

Comment by Rob Wittmann on February 10, 2018 at 1:48pm

I've done a number of Guardianship cases, and the legal history is fascinating. In the past, well-meaning judges and lawmakers were often conned into granting Guardianships to people. The findings were advocated on the basis of "incapacity," but families often pushed for them, so that they could get rid of unwanted family members, get people eliminated as probate beneficiaries and the like. In the old days, many judges and review boards were staffed with very well-meaning, but hopelessly naiive people. I have no doubt that the people who ran these asylums were often good people with the highest of intentions, but that they had very bad "bullshit detectors," and were gamed and conned into committing countless healthy people.

Today, the laws are much stricter. Not because people at these review boards are mean and need to be regulated, but because there's always the chance that people, out of sympathy, and desire to help a family, will be manipulated into committing people who have no business being committed.


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