Comments on
History of Psychology: Asylums for the Wealthy

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Associate Editor

History of Psychology: Asylums for the Wealthy Money may not buy you love. But in the 19th century, if you were well off, it could snag you a “home-away-from-home” private hospital. These rich-only places were a far cry from the overcrowded and filthy public asylums of the day, according to this article in March’s issue of Monitor on Psychology.

The terrible conditions of public asylums that prompted physicians to open their homes to wealthy psychiatric patients. Rich patients could expect tranquil, scenic environments and — for that time ­– state-of-the-art treatments. Boris Sidis was one of the physicians who established a private hospital.

One Comment to
History of Psychology: Asylums for the Wealthy

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. The comments below begin with the oldest comments first. Click on the last comments page to jump to the most recent comments.

  1. We have a new asylum for the wealthy. It’s called psychoanalysis. :)

    Nice piece, Margarita.

Join the Conversation!

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines.

Post a Comment:


(Required, will be published)

(Required, but will not be published)

(Optional)

Recent Comments
  • thatjournalistdork: I agree that the use of “said” does get boring and annoying, but it is proper AP...
  • lisa: I am at a loss,my baby sister who is smart,and loving phoned me one day and starting crying,I hope that I was...
  • Ocean: Dear Sally, I can feel your pain when I read your blog. Please don’t be sad, this dark period will...
  • cynths: Thanks for this.
  • masa: I normally don’t struggle with this but right now I’m on some meds that are notorious for...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code