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New Model for an Old Dilemma?

Thoughts on “Treat, Release and Repeat”: Season 3, Episode 2 of VICE (Showtime) Directly or indirectly, each of us has experienced the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the mental well-being of our families and loved ones, our friends, our students, our communities, and ourselves. The pandemic has exacerbated the numerous ills of an

Challenges Pandemics Present to Psychiatric Hospitals and the Risks of Repressing Histories

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc at scales that are simultaneously global, national, communal and personal. The challenges presented to our mental well-being are profound, and the consequences of the 1918 Influenza pandemic suggest that we will be addressing the psychical impacts of our current crisis for years to come. Are we prepared? In my

Margaret Schilling’s Trace at The Ridges (née Athens Lunatic Asylum)

Kirkbride Plan Hospitals for the insane, like all asylums, have complex and difficult histories. Embracing those histories, at a local community level and at a broader human scale, is critical to preserving these remarkable structures and finding new meaningful lives for their continued and sustainable use. Erasure of these immense three-dimensional historical documents and the

New Friends at Oregon State Hospital: Part 2

Below is Part 2 of 2 mini-reports on my recent visit to Oregon State Hospital, the oldest remaining State building in Oregon, and one of the few remaining Kirkbride Hospitals west of the Mississippi.   [Part 2 of 2: posted to FB July 25, 2016] Prior to visiting OSH, I conveyed to preservationist Hazel Patton

New Friends at Oregon State Hospital: Part 1

Below is Part 1 of 2 mini-reports on my recent visit to Oregon State Hospital, the oldest remaining State building in Oregon and one of the few remaining Kirkbrides west of the Mississippi. [Part 1 of 2: posted to FB May 29, 2016] Just 2 weeks ago I visited Oregon State Hospital, in Salem, OR,