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Ble to convince policemen a judge and a series of doctors of her madness with a few well practiced facial expressions of derangement At the institution Bly discovered the stuff of nightmares Mentally ill patients were fed rotten inedible food; violently abused by a brutal uncaring staff; and misdiagnosed mistreated or generally ignored by the doctors and so called menta. This is an extraordinary account Nellie Bly was a force to be reckoned with as a reporter and as a person She allowed herself to be institutionalized in a notorious insane asylum in New York to do an investigation on how the mentally ill women were treated there Her article of that experience was written in 1887 She also did reports on Employment Agencies for women and the treatment of female factory workers in New York Two of these articles were included at the end of Ten Days in a Madhouse If she wasn t a good writer these reports would still be of interest because of the snapshot of a time when women were entering the work force and about public mental health facilities I heard about this story from another book I read and avoided it at first since I thought it would be a torturous read in an 1880s vernacular but it was well written and matter of fact The only drawback to the report was that while she said the city decided to give money to the asylum I would have liked to know how the money was spent and if life did improve for the poor souls

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L health experts entrusted with their care To her horror Bly encountered sane patients who had been committed on the barest of pretenses and came to the shocking realization that while the Blackwell Island asylum was remarkably easy to get into it was nearly impossible to leave This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all device. For its time its uite a story and the reporter took uite a little risk when she got herself tossed into an asylum back in those days depending on acuaintances to get her back out when the time came I m not sure I d be uite so trusting under those circumstances She found uite a story behind the walls and what she wrote made uite a stir when she got out

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A courageous female journalist’s classic exposé of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth century America In 1887 Nellie Bly accepted an assignment from publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World and went undercover at the lunatic asylum on Blackwell Island America’s first municipal mental hospital Calling herself “Nellie Brown” she was a. This was a very disturbing read for me Mental health is an illness and this book showed how horribly patients were being treated at the Women s Lunatic Asylum in 1887 It brought back the horrible images of how in the 70 s Geraldo Rivera blew the whistle on Willowbrook State School in Staten Island where the same horrific treatment of patients was happening This small book is not for the faint of heart


10 thoughts on “Ten Days in a Mad House

  1. says:

    If you read this book without knowing anything of Nellie Bly except that she was a journalist you might think it was a wonderful expose of the absolute horrors of bedlam in New York You might doubt whether really the food was so bad that apart from a crust or two and a bowl of cold tea it was totally inedible the bread had

  2. says:

    This was a very disturbing read for me Mental health is an illness and this book showed how horribly patients were being tre

  3. says:

    35 Stars Ten Days in a Mad House is a book by newspaper reporter Nellie Bly Nellie took the terrifying task of posing as Nellie Borwn in an undercover assisment to investigate the deplorable conditions of insane asylums While on the assignment she feigned insanity at a women's boarding house and was involuntarily committed to the Women's Lunatic Alylum on Blackwell's Island Ten Days in a Mad House is a uick an

  4. says:

    Ten Days in a Mad house hat's off to you Nellie Bly My new hero  For the sake of a story she faked insanity and she got herself admitted into an insane asylum then wrote an exposé on the Blackwell's Island women's asylum in New York Not knowing how or if she or anybody else would be able to get her out And all this before women e

  5. says:

    This is an extraordinary account Nellie Bly was a force to be reckoned with as a reporter and as a person She allowed herself to be institutionalized in a notorious insane asylum in New York to do an investigation on how the mentally ill women were treated there Her article of that experience was written in 1887 She also did reports on Employment Agencies for women and the treatment of female factory workers in New York Two of these article

  6. says:

    Ten Days in a Mad House is one amazing book I love it The fact that it's a real story makes it even interestingNellie Bly is a journalist who is asked to go undercover as a patient in an asylum and write about it She does and it's amazing how easily she is declared insane The examination mainly consists in a br

  7. says:

    For its time its uite a story and the reporter took uite a little risk when she got herself tossed into an asylum back in those days depending on acuaintances to get her back out when the time came I'm not sure I'd be uite

  8. says:

    There are a number of publishers offering this book and of the few I have seen I found this publication to be enjoyableIn any of the publications readers will find the main story of how journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman p

  9. says:

    Well Nellie Bly you have my utmost respect What an inspirational human being Someone that would purposely get themselves admitted into an asylum for the insane in order to potentially uncover the inhumane treatment of the women there has to be one amazing and passionate individual She did this not knowing whethe

  10. says:

    I always had a desire to know asylum life thoroughly a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures the insane were cared