Check out the new St. Elizabeth's Hospital Facebook Page!! Lots of floor plans, historic photographs, and documents about the Government Hospital for the Insane. Also don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook at Abandoned Asylum
This is the new AbandonedAsylum.com being recreated. It contains photographs, postcards, short histories, annual reports, books of state hospitals and asylums. Allentown State Hospital, Philadelphia State Hospital, Traverse City State Hospital, Pennhurst State School and Hospital, Taunton State Hospital, Danvers State Hospital, Kankakee State Hospital.
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Dr. William A. Decker served with the Michigan Department of Mental Health for nearly 34 years, the last 13 years as Medical Superintendent of the
Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital.
Dr. Decker was elevated by the American Psychiatric Association to the status of Life Fellow in 1986, and to Distinguished Life Fellow in 2003. In 1987 the Michigan Department of Mental Health accorded him a Certificate of Commendation and the Michigan Psychiatric Association a Certificate of Merit. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill rendered him theirexemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1993.
From 1984-1989m Dr. Decker produced a weekly public information program on health
topics, winning the pretigious Media Award from the Michigan Mental Health Association as well as a resolution from the Michigan State Senate and a letter of commendation from Governer James Blanchard.
Dr. Decker's book Asylum for the Insane: A History of the Kalamazoo State Hospital
(Arbutus Press), was Michigans Notable Book for 2009.
Dr. Decker continues to practice his specialty of psychiatry, limiting his practice to forensic and workman's compensation issues.
"Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution"
Lucy Winer & Karen Eaton
A great movie about the struggle of one women who was placed in a state hospital for the insane. After all other options she is abandoned in Kings Park State Hospital. A perfect balance of political and historical facts coming together in three parts. A must see!!
A great website documenting the remaining Kirkbride buildings in the United States. A lot of information of all kinds. Historic and modern photographs are a plenty on this impressive website.
Abandoned Asylum Links
Byberry State Hospital:
Images of America
by: Hannah Karena Jones
The second of two book that came out in May 2013 about the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. Many historic photographs and description about this infamous institution which was located in Northeast Philadelphia. Very informative! I love the Images of America Series.
Harrisburg State Hospital: Pennsylvania's First Public Asylum
Images of America
by: Phillip N. Thomas
A very well put together book about the Harrisburg State Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Many historic images and descriptions of buildings. Great author that I had a chance to meet in person at a book signing. He is also the webmaster and creator of City on the Hill. Check out the site and get the book!!
Diane L. Goeres-Gardner
The Philadelphia State Hospital
J P Webster