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1840: A Revolution in Treatment

1851: A Place for a Cure

1870: Long Term Care

1900: Emerging Treatments

1900-1960: Tuberculosis

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

1947: Occupational Therapy

After World War II, the emerging field of occupational therapy offered patients an opportunity to be useful in society. To take advantage of this new approach, the hospital constructed a separate "OT" building in 1948, with a library, carpentry shop, and studios for pottery, basketmaking, and weaving; it later incorporated leatherworking, ceramics, and other handicrafts. The hospital's annual report to the legislature that year stated that these activities were "directed specifically at improving mental conditions by treating external interests and rebuilding self-confidence." By the 1970s, additional activities offered to patients included music therapy, recreational therapy, and industrial therapy.

Hospital patients at work on craft and art projects, c. 1960.

Some images in this exhibition have been electronically altered to protect the identity of past and present hospital patients.

Hospital patients at work on craft and art projects, c. 1960.
Fulton State Hospital

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Online Exhibit Created 2003
Missouri State ArchivesOffice of the Secretary of State, Missouri