Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, A mental patient strapped into a continuous-flow tub. This method was used to calm down the patient. Their bodies were greased, which enabled them to remain in the tub for hours and gradually fall asleep.
before the "major tranquilizers" -- Patient in a continuous bath at Pilgrim State Hospital, 1936 by Alfred Eisenstaedt how they treated mental illness better than electric shock so primitive. No wonder there is such a stigma in having a mental illness
Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY "Continuous-flow bath is the best method for calming excited mental cases. With their bodies greased, the patients can remain in the baths for hours, gradually fall asleep." Alfred Eisenstaed for LIFE magazine 1938
Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY - A ten acre cemetery lies behind a brick water tower, where unclaimed bodies were buried with a simple headstone engraved with a patient number. In the late Pilgrim averaged one death per day.
Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938