1840: A Revolution in Treatment
1851: A Place for a Cure
1870: Long Term Care
1900: Emerging Treatments
1956: Spiritual Health
1900-1980: Carnivals & Amusements
1900-1960: Life on the Ward
1960-1980: Life on the Wards
1930-1950: New Treatments
1950 to the Present: Drug Therapy
1947: Occupational Therapy
1930-1966: Surgical Treatment
1988: Social Learning Program
1957: Youth Program
1980: Outpatient Treatment
The Hopeful Future
The optimistic cure rate of 90% anticipated in 1845 never materialized.
In 1900, less than 20% were discharged as "recovered" or "improved."
That number fell to about 14% in 1930. Patients spent the greater part
of their lives in the wards, amidst overcrowded conditions. They sat
quietly in rocking chairs all day with only their thoughts for company
because attendants discouraged conversation and noise. After World War
II, though, public interest in mental health issues grew. That was reflected
at Fulton, as the hospital attempted to provide more normal living conditions
for the patients.
"When you are in a place like this for years on end and you
seem to be lost to all the world you grow to feel that you belong
to the place and everyone here belongs to you. In place of the loved
ones who no longer seem to care you learn to feel a kinship and sympathy
with all the lonely shadows among whom you move."
From Hospital Highlights, 1956.
Wards decorated for Christmas, c. 1910.
Fulton State Hospital