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Good read Great look into the history of Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Definitely a good read if you are interested in the history of insane asylums. The book is chock full of fascinating information, but Mr Gleason is in desperate need of an editor The grammar and punctuation are distracting. A short primer on the history of the asylum suitable as an overview for anyone unfamiliar with the building and with the treatment of and attitudes toward mental illness during the late 19th and early 20th centuries Hopefully ain depth and scholarly work will follow. Interesting look at the timeline of the infamous facility located in Weston, West Virginia The original structure was begun during the Civil War, and the background facts are fascinating Having toured the asylum, I was curious to knowabout its history, and this book was a good resource The asylum itself is both majestic and tragic, and this book will help you to understand why. I read this book through Kindle Unlimited I barely got through the first chapter The lack of punctuation, run on sentences, and random details are really distracting The information may be interesting, but it reads like a rushed undergraduate paper Hopefully the author will come back with some proper editing and grammar checking. The book is written a bit like an emotional textbook The chapters are easy to follow and the included photos really help transport you to that time.The book truly covers the rise and fall of an American asylum I didn t realize how mistreated the mentally ill were until reading this book The introduction of a treatment facility was radical, but paled in comparison to the lives some of the insane were living chained in their family basements or attics.However, the radical treatments and learnin The book is written a bit like an emotional textbook The chapters are easy to follow and the included photos really help transport you to that time.The book truly covers the rise and fall of an American asylum I didn t realize how mistreated the mentally ill were until reading this book The introduction of a treatment facility was radical, but paled in comparison to the lives some of the insane were living chained in their family basements or attics.However, the radical treatments and learning curve of doctors for how to treat the clinically insane was troubling to say the least I am saddened to know that the same place I took a tour last year is the same place that horrific experiments and lobotomies were performed with very little care for the outcome, so long as the patients weredocile and easier to control.I am thrilled to see the advancements in the field and they are evident in this book There are also a lot of war information I didn t realize how much action the hospital grounds saw during the civil war The stories and anecdotes were a rich addition to the book I can t wait to pass this along to all of my reader friends Trans Allegheny AsylumAsylums everywhere share many common things, each unique in their shared histories, such as common medical and psychiatric treatments and problems, the eerie way people were committed and forgotten just to name a few A storied history, yet one that is ignominious. TragicTrans Allegheny was a fantastic idea for its time but lack of training and over crowding is not a good mix Other reviewers mention about grammar and punctuation Yes there is that but this was self published as a means to raise money to restore the facility So get past that It is a great step into history. I bought this short book at the gift shop of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum after the 10 30p to 12 30a paranormal tour right before Halloween Creepy Imagine traversing the dark hallways of the violent female ward and hearing stories about the patients Didn t hear any voices when we were all told to be quiet but my stomach did rumble and scare the girl next to me.The book follows the story of the asylum from building it before the Civil War until its closure in 1987 It does have a few sto I bought this short book at the gift shop of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum after the 10 30p to 12 30a paranormal tour right before Halloween Creepy Imagine traversing the dark hallways of the violent female ward and hearing stories about the patients Didn t hear any voices when we were all told to be quiet but my stomach did rumble and scare the girl next to me.The book follows the story of the asylum from building it before the Civil War until its closure in 1987 It does have a few stories of patients and a good chapter on treatments used for mental illness in the 20th century And it has a whole chapter on Dr Walter Freeman, the infamous lobotomist, who was actually invited to West Virginia by the director of the state mental system As a result, West Virginia s per capita rate of lobotomy in the 1950s was the highest in the nation Dr Freeman even crisscrossed the state in his Lobotomobile Scary stuff indeed ^DOWNLOAD PDF ↿ Lunatic: The Rise and Fall of an American Asylum ☘ The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, constructed betweenand , is the largest hand cut blue sandstone building in the Western Hemisphere This haunted Gothic structure was the end of the line for West Virginia s insane foryears There are nine acres of wards crowded by a loomingfoot clock tower The Asylum s massive walls hold terrifying tales of Civil War raids, arson, and suicide