By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane at Kankakee, Illinois
by Dewey, Richard Smith (1845-1933)
Chicago: John Morris Company, 1889. Octavo. 112 pages. The author, Richard Smith Dewey was an American psychiatrist and pioneer in the treatment of mental illnesses. The printed rules and regulations show the attempts to maintain protection from the inmates most of whom were considered hopeless. It specifically rejects any kind of physical work by the staff other than restraint. Cleanliness in spite of multiple problems is considered essential. The list of rules for sensitive treatment of the inmates emphasizes compassion and avoiding responses with anger. It goes on to note that it is forbidden to trip a patient, or placing one's weight on the body or knee upon the chest, physically striking them in the stomach, choking, and other items that clearly had been accepted in less enlightened asylums. Very scarce and a landmark in avoiding the horrors of Bedlam and that envisioned in William Wyler's "The Snake Pit" (which starred Olivia de Havilland) Bound in brown embossed cloth lettered in gilt, spine plain, green-gray coated endpapers, minor light staining to board edge, minor wear to foot. A near fine copy.
(Inventory #: 018935)
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