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Diary Written in the Provincial Lunatic Asylum

Diary Written in the Provincial Lunatic Asylum by Mary Huestis Pengilly

Mary Pengilly was taken to a Lunatic Asylum by her sons where she kept a diary, which this book is taken from. Mary records the harsh conditions and treatments received at the hands of the nurses during her stay. Once Mary is released she takes it upon herself to make the authorities aware of the situation at the Provincial Lunatic Asylum.

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DIARY WRITTEN IN THE Provincial Lunatic Asylum,



The prison doors are open I am free; Be this my messenger o'er land and sea.


This little book is humbly dedicated to the Province of New Brunswick, and the State of Massachusetts, by one who has had so sad an experience in this, the sixty second year of her age, that she feels it to be her imperative duty to lay it before the public in such a manner as shall reach the hearts of the people in this her native Province, as also the people of Massachusetts, with whom she had a refuge since driven from her own home by the St. John fire of 1877. She sincerely hopes it may be read in every State of the Union, as well as throughout the Dominion of Canada, that it may help to show the inner workings of their Hospitals and Asylums, and prompt them to search out better methods of conducting them, as well for the benefit of the superintendent as the patient... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - April 6, 2014
Subject: Worth the Listen
Interesting and sad.

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