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David Oshinsky

David Oshinsky is the Director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health and a Professor in the Department of History at NYU. His most recent book is Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital. (October 2020)

An abandoned ward at Kankakee State Hospital, Illinois; photograph by Christopher Payne from his book Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, 2009

Should We Reopen the Asylums?

Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

by Stacy Horn

Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity

by Theodore M. Porter

No One Cares About Crazy People: My Family and the Heartbreak of Mental Illness in America

by Ron Powers

Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness

by Alisa Roth

October 25, 2018 issue

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