Strange “cures” on display at the Glore Psychiatric Museum

Glore Psychiatric Museum

3408 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO
(816) 232-8471
http://www.stjosephmuseum.org
Local attraction

In 1967, when George Glore first devised having a museum dedicated to the various treatments for the mentally ill, this was part of St. Joseph State Hospital (aka the State Lunatic Aslyum #2.) Now it sits in a building of its own, using props and dioramas to portray some of the less enlightened ways mental patients were treated in days of yore. Treatments like the “Bath of Surprise” (dropping a patient into an icy bath) or the “O’Halloran’s Swing” (spinning patients up to 100 RPMs)

But the most incredible displays are the artworks made by patients and an incredible tapestry of swallow-able items removed from one poor girl’s stomach – over 1400! She died during surgery from bleeding caused by 453 nails, 42 screws, safety pins, spoon tops, and salt and pepper shaker tops.

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