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City of the Sick – Part II.ASF

Posted by The Boss on February 9, 2011 in Historical Collectibles

This is a classic video showing just how far modern psychiatry has come since the middle of last century before modern medicine and deinstitutionalization. It is done in the style I remember some of my old health class reel to reel films being made. I am "guesstimating" it to be from around the 1940's given the looks of the cars, trucks, and downtown Columbus, Ohio. The story of how it was obtained is as follows... as a psychiatry resident at Ohio State University I rotated at the new State Psych Hospital (on the same grounds as the old) called Twin Valley Behavioral Health. I came across a man who had worked at the facility for sometime and was considered to be the de facto historian of the place. When the old building was being razed he went around collecting various items and historical memorabilia. The Columbus Dispatch even did a story on him years ago. At any rate, he found this old reel to reel film in a trash can... destined to be thrown out. He pulled it out and then it took him some time to find a reel to reel projector to play it. Once he did he was able to project it onto a wall and then filmed it with a modern day video camera. He was gracious enough to dub me a copy and I have since digitized it. The early shots of downtown appear to be shot off of the LeVeque Tower looking west towards the Broad Street Bridge and South towards the now Federal Building. The old hospital was classic "Kirkbride" Hospital Style and at one time was considered to be the "largest ...
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30th of may 2009 was National Calvijn Day. The reformer Calvijn was born 500 years ago and his influence is still remarkable in The Netherlands. In the church of Dordrecht, famous because of the so called Synode 1618-1619 in conjunction with the translation of the Bible (Staten Bijbel) and lots of other historical memorabilia. This organ piece is part of a close to 2 hours television broadcast. ( )
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Reader Reviews

It is really ashame that you have such an uninformed and unhelpful view/opinion of Psychiatry. It is not even worth arguing such ignorance but since you seem to believe you know it all… what is is that you propose you/we treat mental illness with other than evidence based medicine and FDA approved medication? I have a feeling what you will say!

Review written by buckeyebilly293 on February 9th, 2011 @ 4:05 PM

Times haven’t changed. This film just shows what psychiatry wanted us to believe. This does not show what a mental facility was like or what it still is, its pure brutality.
This shows how media led people to believe these places as humane places for those who were emotionally hurt. People were and still are horribly abused by psychiatry. Anyone who’s been at the hands of psychiatry know what it really is and it’s not caring for people. Confinement, forced drugging for the name sake of money.

Review written by northernlightning on February 9th, 2011 @ 4:44 PM

I love old school!

Review written by ghostinthemean on February 9th, 2011 @ 5:03 PM

Kwalitatief zeer hoogstaand! Geweldige uitvoering van een uiterst kundig organist

Review written by kfwm1970 on February 9th, 2011 @ 5:42 PM

Ja tijd voor een nieuwe ofniet? Heb jij hem iedere zondag?

Review written by justmepv on February 9th, 2011 @ 6:02 PM

Wat een drama. En dat iedere zondag.

Review written by registrant1 on February 9th, 2011 @ 6:18 PM