An insight into an insane asylum by Joseph Camp

By Joseph Camp

In 1881, Joseph Camp, an aged and self-trained Methodist minister from Talladega County in japanese Alabama, used to be introduced via his kin to Bryce sanatorium, an insane asylum in Tuscaloosa, the place he remained for over 5 months. Camp, misled by way of relations in regards to the goal of the journey, was once stunned and angered at his lack of freedom and his remedy within the health center. After his free up, he composed an account of his remain and released it at his personal fee, supplying a unprecedented glimpse of nineteenth century psychological well-being care from a patient’s perspective. Camp’s account finds his naive belief in others, but additionally a pointy and retentive reminiscence. Camp is remarkably exact in his account of the main points of his therapy and the operation and employees of the sanatorium, even though his emotional exams mirror his sadness together with his state of affairs. including to the significance of Camp’s account is the truth that within the nineteenth century Bryce was once thought of a remarkably humane establishment interested in restoration. Camp presents a glimpse into how remedy for the insane felt to the recipient.

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Nicholas P. Scales, his brother, was also a particular friend. They were both Methodist ministers and stood high in their conference, and I thought he was of the same type, but he had deceived me. He left me in my dungeon and went off muttering. It was not long until Dr. Wyman came and was for making peace. I told him I was for peace, and I did not know I had done any thing wrong in asking Bryce why I was kept from the singing. The doctor and I made friends. It was not long until Perkins came and we buried the tomahawk and remained good friends until the last.

I had purchased one of the finest colts in the country in May, but it was too young to be weaned. Mr. Dean, who lives near Alexandria, Calhoun County, of whom I purchased, was to keep the colt until the first of July, when I was to send the pay and get it. On the 28th day of July I happened to think of the matter and asked him to write. It was for this and this alone that I was immediately ordered to the dungeon. I do not think any unmarried man should be eligible to be corresponding secretary.

He told me one day that he was going to leave the place and embark in some other business. I encouraged him to do so, and told him I could put him in a better business in keeping a flock of sheep and Cashmere goats. He seemed much pleased with the idea, but before negotiating with him I thought I would make some inquiry concerning him; so I went to Mr. T. Jones, whom I thought and still think the best man in the asylum, and asked concerning Captain Friarson. He said he did not like to talk about his neighbors, but that Friarson had served a term in the penitentiary, also that I must not tell any one he had told me about it; then between that and the next day he told Friarson what he had told me.

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