Inside the asylum – an illustrated story

March 9, 2013 § 65 Comments

The colored stickers on the green door may give you a wrong impression; behind that door there was no joy or carefreeness: what you’re entering is in fact an old, abandoned psychiatric hospital in north of Italy.

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Opened in 1866, it was closed in 1978, when all the mental hospitals of the country were dismantled, thanks to a low inspired by Franco Basaglia.

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The asylum was very big, and “hosted” over 2.000 patients at the same time. I can only make some assumption about their conditions…

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Constraint and involuntary treatments were normal at those times

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Unbelievably, the hospital had also a school class, where patients were probably helped with some form of education. When I walked in, a bottle of some kind of downer was still on the desk.

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Today only six criminal mental hospital are still active in Italy. About 1.000 persons are detained; most of them committed little crimes. Their conditions are documented here

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