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In 1881, Joseph Camp, an aged and self-trained Methodist minister from Talladega County in japanese Alabama, was once introduced by means of his kin to Bryce clinic, an insane asylum in Tuscaloosa, the place he remained for over 5 months. Camp, misled via relations about the goal of the journey, was once surprised and angered at his lack of freedom and his remedy within the sanatorium. After his free up, he composed an account of his remain and released it at his personal fee, supplying a unprecedented glimpse of nineteenth century psychological healthiness care from a patient’s standpoint. Camp’s account finds his naive belief in others, but additionally a pointy and retentive reminiscence. Camp is remarkably exact in his account of the main points of his remedy and the operation and employees of the health center, even supposing his emotional tests replicate his disappointment together with his scenario. including to the significance of Camp’s account is the truth that within the nineteenth century Bryce used to be thought of a remarkably humane establishment occupied with restoration. Camp presents a glimpse into how remedy for the insane felt to the recipient.

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I told him I would not undress (at this time they allowed me to keep my clothing in my cell), for I thought they would send for me. I waited a while and pulled off my coat and vest. He came and told me to come out and dress and go to the entertainment. I went and met with Dr. Bryce. He was very friendly and sat and talked with me confidentially for some time. He is quite affable. He told me he had dismissed Forney Moore for striking me with the spittoon. I told him nearly all his officers and nurses used more or less profanity.

That evening I think they applied the magic lantern too, for I was told they had one. They applied it also the first time the hypodermic was given me. I saw persons apparently as distinctly as I had ever seen any one in life. As soon as I would try to take hold of them they would vanish. I saw my wife as plainly as I ever did, but when I tried to embrace her she vanished. It was thus with Drs. Goree, Jones, and others. I think the magic lantern the whole secret of the spirit-rappers. It is certainly a great mystery.

Bailey, early every morning for treatment. This I did for several days before starting to the hospital. When a Brother Whitehead, from Georgia, traveling agent for the World’s Publishing Company, came to my house, wishing to employ me to canvass six counties, to wit, St. Glair, Etowah, Cherokee, Cleburne, Calhoun, and Randolph, we agreed on terms that I considered would be very profitable to me. He handed me the papers giving me the sole right to said counties in the evening. Next morning I was for consummating the trade when he told me my wife was opposed to my taking the agency, stating at the same time that I was demented.

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