They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That is certainly the case with these historical photographs, which were compiled from old “insane asylum” medical records. These days, the term “psychiatric hospital” is more widely used, but no matter what you call it, there’s no way to deny that our track record when it comes to the mentally ill isn’t good at all. Check out the eighteen most shocking, bothersome, spine-curling, and blood-curdling photos that have ever been taken. Just a warning, though- some of these are highly graphic and disturbing. Proceed at your own risk!
#18 “Strait” As A Board
#17 Smoke Break
This picture is a bit funny! This patient is sitting up in his hospital bed to sneak a cigarette break before bed. He likely had to have someone smuggle a pack of cigarettes in so that he could get his nicotine fix. Either that or he bartered with another patient for a few cigs. Things get a whole lot weirder in this next photo…
#16 Testing… 1, 2, 3
Before Institutional Review Boards and Ethics Commissions were invented, psychiatric patients provided doctors with a readily available pool of research subjects. This patient was having blood drawn from inside his eye socket so that it could be tested. That has to hurt! Sadly, most of these “research subjects” never gave their permission for these terrible experiments!
#15 Risky Business
Modern psychiatric care is far from perfect, but it’s much better than it was decades ago. Patients were forced to undergo painful procedures and experiments. One hospital was even known to perform dissections on patients in an effort to “remove diseased parts of the body.” That sounds scientific… right? Check out this next depressing image…