Mysteries of Mental Illness

The Kirkbride Asylum

Clip | 3m 8s  | Video has closed captioning.

Thomas Kirkbride's 'hospitals for the insane' were built for people who had nowhere else to go. They were intended to be a retreat from the world; a place to be cured. Kirkbride believed that the restorative atmosphere of his institutions would be therapeutic. The goal was to rehabilitate patients and send them back to society as productive citizens.

Aired: 06/23/21

Rating: NR

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