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Herself “Nellie Brown” she was able to convince policemen a judge and a series of doctors of her madness with a few well practiced facial expressions of derangement At the institution Bly discovered the stuff of nightmares Mentally ill patients were fed rotten inedible food violently abused by a brutal uncaring staff and misdiagnosed mistreated or generally ignored by the doctors and. This is an extraordinary account Nellie Bly was a force to be reckoned with as a reporter and as a person She allowed herself to be institutionalized in a notorious insane asylum in New York to do an investigation on how the mentally ill women were treated there Her article of that experience was written in 1887 She also did reports on Employment Agencies for women and the treatment of female factory workers in New York Two of these articles were included at the end of Ten Days in a Madhouse If she wasn t a good writer these reports would still be of interest because of the snapshot of a time when women were entering the work force and about public mental health facilities I heard about this story from another book I read and avoided it at first since I thought it would be a torturous read in an 1880s vernacular but it was well written and matter of fact The only drawback to the report was that while she said the city decided to give money to the asylum I would have liked to know how the money was spent and if life did improve for the poor souls

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A courageous female in a PDFEPUB #231 journalist’s classic exposé of the horrific treatment Ten Days Kindle of the mentally ill in nineteenth century America In Nellie Days in a PDFEPUB #231 Bly accepted an assignment from publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World and went undercover at the lunatic asylum on Blackwell Island America’s first municipal mental hospital Calling. If you read this book without knowing anything of Nellie Bly except that she was a journalist you might think it was a wonderful expose of the absolute horrors of bedlam in New York You might doubt whether really the food was so bad that apart from a crust or two and a bowl of cold tea it was totally inedible the bread had spiders baked into it You might wonder if the nurses were all nasty brutish and extremely violent uestion if the doctors were either having public affairs with their illiterate nursing assistants or just plain blind to the extreme violence starvation and freezing conditions all around You might even come to the conclusion as I did that even if half or perhaps a uarter of all this was true then it was outrageous and perhaps fantastical But it was a good bit of reporting because she was taken seriously and conditions did change for the better or were said to which is the same thing in a bookHowever if you knew that Nellie Bly the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cochran was an investigative journalist with all that implies in the modern era and had also written Nellie Bly as a White Slave and Trying to be a Servant you might think she was a bit of a sensationalist reporter who d do anything for a laff and a buck and you wouldn t be far wrong These two pieces are available at the link above here Also some strange advertisements It was then my opinion of the book sunk down to a 3 star Just a journalist assignment pays the bills keeps her in the public eye as a late 19thC celebrity Just as she went off on a less than eighty days jaunt around the world for a newspaperBut then it all changed when I read that these sensationalist titles were to gain the popular eye Nellie Bly was a fierce feminist and exposer of the terrible attitudes and sometimes treatment women faced from the completely male driven society of her time Nellie Bly s schtick extended to exposing prison conditions which she also got improved somewhat corruption in the State Legislature you think anyone could affect political corruption than temporarily So sensationalism was a means to an end How could I give less than 5 stars to a woman who stood together with Emma Goldman and Susan B Anthony She should be better known now and an icon of her times and professionThe book is free here

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So called mental health experts entrusted with their care To her horror Bly encountered sane patients who had been committed on the barest of pretenses and came to the shocking realization that while the Blackwell Island asylum was remarkably easy to get into it was nearly impossible to leave This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.. There are a number of publishers offering this book and of the few I have seen I found this publication to be enjoyableIn any of the publications readers will find the main story of how journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman pen name Nellie Bly posed as an insane person in order to gain entry into Bellevue hospital on Blackwell s Island This is a revealing look not only into how people were institutionalized 130 years ago but also the lack of knowledge of medical doctors at that time The book also includes two short articles on employment agencies and women working in paper box factoriesI found this publication enjoyable for a number of reasons There are hand drawn illustrations throughout the book depicting Ms Seaman at various stages of her investigations The back of the book features pictures of Ms Seaman and a list of words that might not be well known to modern readers The Annotations section in the back offers an overview of Blackwell s Island Lunatic Asylum as well as notes on Ms Seaman s participation Her other books are also listed If this book interests you I would recommend this publisher in Kindle or paperback over the others I have seenExcellent book for those interested in history or just curious about this slice of life in New York over a century ago Four stars


10 thoughts on “Ten Days in a Mad House

  1. says:

    If you read this book without knowing anything of Nellie Bly except that she was a journalist you might think it was a wonderful exp

  2. says:

    This was a very disturbing read for me Mental health is an illness and this book showed how horribly patients were being treated at the Women's Lunatic Asylum in 1887 It brought back the horrible images of how in the 70's Geraldo Rive

  3. says:

    35 Stars Ten Days in a Mad House is a book by newspaper reporter Nellie Bly Nellie took the terrifying task of posing as Nellie Borwn in an undercover assisment to investigate the deplorable conditions of insane

  4. says:

    Ten Days in a Mad house hat's off to you Nellie Bly My new hero  For the sake of a story she faked insanity and she got herself admitted into

  5. says:

    This is an extraordinary account Nellie Bly was a force to be reckoned with as a reporter and as a person She allowed herself to be institutionalized in a notorious insane asylum in New York to do an investigation on how the mentally ill women were treated there Her article of that experience was written in 1887 She also

  6. says:

    Ten Days in a Mad House is one amazing book I love it The fact that it's a real story makes it even interestingNellie Bly is a journalist who

  7. says:

    For its time its uite a story and the reporter took uite a little risk when she got herself tossed into an asylum back in those days depending on acuaintances to get her back out when the time came I'm not sure I'd be uite so trusting under those circumstances She found uite a story behind the walls and what she wrote made uite a stir when she got out

  8. says:

    There are a number of publishers offering this book and of the few I have seen I found this publication to be enjoyableIn any of the publications readers will find the main story of how journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman pen name Nellie Bly posed as an insane person in order to gain entry into Bellevue hospital on Blackwell's Island This is a revealing look not only into how people were institutionalized 130 years ago

  9. says:

    Well Nellie Bly you have my utmost respect What an inspirational human being Someone that would purposely get themselves adm

  10. says:

    I always had a desire to know asylum life thoroughly a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures the insane were cared for kindly and properly New York World journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman aka Nellie Bly goes undercover as demented Nellie Brown with a mission to investigate Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum Nellie Bly uncovers flaws before during and beyond the asylum From admission to release

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