Good books about mental hospitals

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good books about mental hospitals

Mental Hospital Nonfiction (72 books)

To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes. To vote on books not in the list or books you couldn't find in the list, you can click on the tab add books to this list and then choose from your books, or simply search. Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Novels that are set, or partially set, in a mental hospital or a psychiatric ward in a regular hospital. Ned Vizzini.
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7 Thrillers Set in Psychiatric Hospitals and Asylums

In , a young novelist in search of a story received a letter from someone claiming to be wrongly incarcerated in a lunatic asylum. We do not know how Wilkie Collins replied, nor indeed, whether the sender was in fact mentally ill, but this letter provided inspiration for the first great asylum novel The Woman in White At the heart of this story is a woman imprisoned by her husband in an insane asylum for his financial gain. The research into Victorian records that I carried out for my novel The Conviction of Cora Burns revealed a rather different picture of asylum life. Handwritten casebooks, which provide a detailed record of the condition and treatment of each patient, suggest that most medics, then as now, were earnest in their concern to improve the health and composure of distressed individuals.

B oth real and fictional psychiatric institutions are often described in books as places filled with fear, manipulation and danger. Authors frequently take creative liberties to up the intrigue, and frighten their readers with tales of abuse, hauntings and corruption. Although these themes may have been closer to reality in generations past, one hopes that as a society we are progressing toward better treatment and better facilities.
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