- ISBN: 9781480443846 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 1480443840 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource.
- Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media : 2015.
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|Participant or Performer Note:|| Read by Laural Merlington.
|Summary, etc.:|| Soon to be a major motion picture: A courageous female journalist's classic expos ̌of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth-century America In 1887, Nellie 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 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 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.
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