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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

1960-1980: Life on the Wards

When Dr. Donald Peterson began his fourteen-year tenure as superintendent--or, as he said, C.E.O--in 1962, more than 2200 people called the hospital home. Conditions were dreary, staff struggled to maintain minimum care, and the hospital was in danger of losing federal accreditation. But because Dr. Peterson and his wife were involved in the local community, volunteer efforts for the patients grew to include music therapy, chapel meetings, birthday and other evening parties. Peterson preferred that patients not be idle during their stay, and was hopeful that each generation of new drugs would enable patients to become truly well.

TV room, 1970s.
TV room, 1970s.
Fulton State Hospital

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