reply to post by wdavidb
Exactly. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Unforunately, we humans tend to be extremely stubborn. Pennhurst is just one
example of this kind of mental and physical neglect and abuse as was mentioned already in this thread.
Another great of this happening is at Eastern State Pentientiary where people were pretty much thrown into isolated cells and forgotten. Not to
mention other "clinics" or "Hospitals" around the country that for decades people just used to dump off their mentally ill family members to
forget about them. Places like Waverly Hills Sanitorium where people were basically used as guinea pigs. They would perform labotomies without
anasthesia, inject people with toxic substances like mercury, etc.. These facilities were usually unsanitary and unfit for human habitation not just
because of the deplorable conditions but because of the spread of diseases like Tuberculosis (called consumption back then).
I believe Waverly Hills was one of the locations in this country where people were basically lab experiments for research into "consumption".
They'd try anything they could to keep people alive even if it meant months of physical and mental torture. And they would almost always inevitably
At Pennhurst State, the conditions were probably far worse than anywhere else though. Just considering all of the things that were going on.
People were forgotten about. From the accounts of people that have worked there and or seen these things for themselves, they almost can't even talk
These were Humans living in their own wastes, facility employees raping and molesting children and older mentally ill patients, People would also be
physically tortured if they "acted out". One of the most disturbing places in Pennhurst is the "Dentists Chair" where people's teeth were yanked
out for punishment (plus whatever other beatings or torture took place there).
I'm not sure if this was previously mentioned but in 1968, an NBC reporter created a special about the Pennhurst State School entitled
"Suffer the Little Children"
Also check out the website this video is on. You can see the site home page here:
On April 10, 2010 there is going to be a historical ceremony there.
Pennhurst's Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony will be held on April 10, 2010. Register now as space is limited!
You can see more information HERE
I found it kind of interesting that Eastern State Penitentiary was actually mentioned in the NBC special.
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