<b>Not published in LIFE.</b> Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, 1938.

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

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

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

Alfred Eisenstaedt's photos from Pilgrim State Hospital in the late 1930s blended clear-eyed reporting with an almost palpable compassion... She ended in the asylum where she find her child back in the black body of a boy

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Not published in LIFE. Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, NY, Alfred Eisenstaedt's photos from Pilgrim State Hospital in the late blended clear-eyed reporting with an almost palpable compassion.

A Patient Sits in a Worn Straitjacket, taken in Pilgrim State Hospital , in Brentford, New York, 1938

A Patient Sits in a Worn Straitjacket, taken in Pilgrim State Hospital , in Brentford, New York, 1938

Psychiatric patients at Pilgrim State Hospital, NY were put in a "continuous-flow bath" to calm them down. With their bodies greased, the patients can remain in the baths for hours until they fall asleep. 1938

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

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 - Abandoned Photography at Opacity

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.

Pilgrim State Hospital | Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938 | LIFE.com

Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938

Pilgrim State Hospital - Abandoned Photography at Opacity

History and photos of the abandoned Pilgrim State Hospital, in Brentwood, NY. Also known as Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, PSH

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