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Nellie Bly

10 Days in a Madhouse

ON the 22d of September I was asked by the World if I could have myself committed to one of the asylums for the insane in New York, with a view to writing a plain and unvarnished narrative of the treatment of the patients therein and the methods of management, etc. Did I think I had the courage to go through such an ordeal as the mission would demand? Could I assume the characteristics of insanity to such a degree that I could pass the doctors, live for a week among the insane without the authorities there finding out that I was only a “chiel amang 'em takin' notes?” I said I believed I could. I had some faith in my own ability as an actress and thought I could assume insanity long enough to accomplish any mission intrusted to me. Could I pass a week in the insane ward at Blackwell's Island? I said I could and I would. And I did.
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    Jessica Garcíashared an impressionyesterday
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    Wow, es innegable el valor de la autora y protagonista de ésta cronica sobre sus vivencias dentro de una institución para desequilibradas mentales. Bueno, eso cree uno al principio pero conforme la autora nos va relatando nos damos cuenta de que cualquier mujer en estado vulnerable sin ser enferma mental podía llegar a parar a este lugar. El grado de abuso y negligencia por parte de quienes decidían qué mujeres ingresaban al manicomio era horroroso. Sin hablar del trato y las condiciones inhumanas en las qué vivían las mujeres en este lugar. Por otra parte Nellie nos deja ver que el buen periodismo es sumergirse en persona en las entrañas muchas veces putrefactas de las situaciones que se quieren conocer para dar testimonio real de lo que le aqueja a la sociedad. Desconozco si hay más obra de este tipo de Nellie. Si ustedes saben, háganmelo saber.

    Julie Laurberg Lund Kofoedshared an impression5 years ago
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    So sad that this is aktually a true story

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    Jesus Koyochas quotedlast year
    What a mysterious thing madness is. I have watched patients whose lips are forever sealed in a perpetual silence. They live, breathe, eat; the human form is there, but that something, which the body can live without, but which cannot exist without the body, was missing. I have wondered if behind those sealed lips there were dreams we ken not of, or if all was blank
    Jesus Koyochas quotedlast year
    Let me introduce a few. Louise, the pretty German girl whom I have spoken of formerly as being sick with fever, had the delusion that the spirits of her dead parents were with her. “I have gotten many beatings from Miss Grady and her assistants,” she said, “and I am unable to eat the horrible food they give us. I ought not to be compelled to freeze for want of proper clothing. Oh! I pray nightly that I may be taken to my papa and mamma.
    Jesus Koyochas quotedlast year
    Mrs. Caine woke up, looked around, frightened, and listened. She then went out and into the next room, and I heard her asking another woman some questions. When she came back she told me that the woman had had a hideous nightmare. She had been dreaming of me. She had seen me, she said, rushing at her with a knife in my hand, with the intention of killing her. In trying to escape me she had fortunately been able to scream, and so to awaken herself and scare off her nightmare. Then Mrs. Caine got into bed again, considerably agitated, but very sleepy.

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