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What secrets are buried within the crumbling walls of old asylums for the insane? Readers will get a glimpse of what these nightmare facilities were like before the dawn of the modern era. From the wretched overcrowding of London’s Bethlem Royal Hospital (which inspired the English word bedlam), where citizens could pay a penny for the pleasure of poking “lunatics” through the hospital’s bars with sticks, to Christian Church Hospital in Kansas City where Dr. Robert Patterson beat and chained patients and performed ice-pick lobotomies.

This scary book will rivet young readers while also giving them an understanding of how far mental health care has come. Eleven asylums are explored, with tales of not only what they were like but of the spirits said to still haunt them.

 
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF052030
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2008
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Scary Places
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781597165754, 9781597166683, 9780982476192
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 362.2'1
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Lexile Reading Level 810
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 5.3
AR Quiz Number 120503
Author Dinah Williams
 
Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Index
Table of contents
Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs, Historical photographs