These Haunting Pictures Of Mental Asylums From The Past Give You Goosebumps…

These chilling images taken at mental institutions in the 1940s will send shivers down your spine…

Caption from LIFE. "Continuous-flow bath is the best method for calming excited mental cases. With their bodies greased, the patients can remain in the baths for hours, gradually fall asleep."

The first mental asylum recorded was built in 872 AD in Cairo. It provided care for the insane, which included musical therapy. However,┬ánot all mental patients were awarded similar luxuries. Several towns in Europe housed people afflicted with mental disorders in towers, which became known as ‘Fools’ Towers’.

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Other places would keep mental patients locked in cells specifically for ‘lunatics’. Madhouses, as they became known, began to be constructed widely across Europe. Most notably in 1247, The Priory Mary of Bethlehem mental institution in London, England, which became known more notoriously as Bedlam. Which house six men at the start of the 15th century.

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Specialist care for the insane remained extremely┬álimited up until the 18th century. Madness was considered a domestic problem, therefore, those with mental disorders were expected to be cared for by their families, despite their lack of knowledge on how to care for their inflicted child or sibling. Then, everything changed…