Christmas in Purgatory: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation

Christmas in Purgatory A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation This classic photo essay of legally sanctioned human abuse in state institutions was written and photographed long before the current right to treatment lawsuits on behalf of institutionalized pe

  • Title: Christmas in Purgatory: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation
  • Author: Burton Blatt FredKaplan
  • ISBN: 9780937540008
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Spiral-bound
  • This classic photo essay of legally sanctioned human abuse in state institutions was written and photographed 1965 long before the current right to treatment lawsuits on behalf of institutionalized people.

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    1. One of the most disturbing books I have ever read. This pictorial book -along with a number of TV exposés started the whole de-institutionalization movement of the mentally ill and disabled in the United States (for better or worse).


    2. I read this book many years ago when I first began my journey into the world of developmental disability and dementia. I have been in this field now for nearly 27 years and it still astounds me how little I know and how much I have yet to learn.This book was suggested to me from a mentor of mine many years ago when I first started my job. He was a really progressive thinker and an excellent teacher and advisor. Coming from a background of being a bouncer, I was used to dealing with (in many ways [...]


    3. I find institutional history fascinating. It's not just a history of institutional care, but of society and what was observed as acceptable and normal. Below are my favorite quotes:The question one might ask is, Is it possible to prevent these conditions? Although we are convinced that to teach severely retarded adults to wear clothes one must invest time and patience, we believe it possible to do so-given adequate staff. There is one more require- ment. The staff has to be convinced that reside [...]


    4. Great expose on the early treatment of people with intellectual disabilities. The author really calls out the need for change during a time where change wasn't warrantied or desired. The author compared how institutions mistreated patients as almost inhuman and an institution that showed love and compassion to help patients learn and grow.


    5. This book helped to start the break down of the US institutions for the intellectually disabled. Beware the pictures are really intense and can be upsetting.



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