Coupon
The Lives They Left Behind : Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic
by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny and Lisa Rinzler


Overview - "The Lives They Left Behind" is a deeply moving testament to the human side of mental illness, and of the narrow margin which so often separates the sane from the mad. It is a remarkable portrait, too, of the life of a psychiatric asylumthe sort of community in which, for better and for worse, hundreds of thousands of people lived out their lives.  Read more...

 
Paperback
  • $16.95
  • 10% Off for Members Club Price
    $ 15.25

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

In Stock.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 18 copies from $10.49
 
eBook
Retail Price: $16.99
$12.04

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

Download

This item is available only to U.S. and Canada billing addresses.
 
 
 

More About The Lives They Left Behind by Darby Penney; Peter Stastny; Lisa Rinzler
 
 
 
Overview
"The Lives They Left Behind" is a deeply moving testament to the human side of mental illness, and of the narrow margin which so often separates the sane from the mad. It is a remarkable portrait, too, of the life of a psychiatric asylumthe sort of community in which, for better and for worse, hundreds of thousands of people lived out their lives. Darby Penney and Peter Stastny s careful historical (almost archaeological) and biographical reconstructions give us unique insight into these lives which would otherwise be lost and, indeed, unimaginable to the rest of us. Oliver Sacks
Fascinating. . . . The haunting thing about the suitcase owners is that it s so easy to identify with them. "Newsweek"
When Willard State Hospital closed its doors in 1995, after operating as one of New York State s largest mental institutions for over 120 years, a forgotten attic filled with suitcases belonging to former patients was discovered. Using the possessions found in these suitcases along with institutional records and doctors notes from patient sessions, Darby Penney, a leading advocate of patients rights, and Peter Stastny, a psychiatrist and documentary filmmaker, were able to reconstruct the lives of ten patients who resided at Willard during the first half of the twentieth century.
"The Lives They Left Behind" tells their story. In addition to these human portraits, the book contains over 100 photographs as well as valuable historical background on how this state-funded institution operated. As it restores the humanity of the individuals it so poignantly evokes, "The Lives They Left Behind" reveals the vast historical inadequacies of a psychiatric system that has yet to heal itself.
"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781934137147
  • ISBN-10: 1934137146
  • Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
  • Publish Date: January 2009
  • Page Count: 205


Related Categories

Books > Psychology > Psychopathology - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > General
Books > Psychology > History

 
BAM Customer Reviews