Psychiatric hospital

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Psychiatric hospitals, also known as mental hospitals, mental health units, mental asylums or simply asylums, are hospitals or wards specializing in the treatment of serious mental illness.


  • I do not oppose the insane asylum—but I abhor and condemn the cutthroat system that robs man of his reason, drives him to insanity and makes the lunatic asylum an indispensable adjunct to every civilized community.
  • The psychiatrist unfailingly recognizes the madman by his excited behavior on being incarcerated.
    • Karl Kraus, (1874-1936), as cited in Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus’s Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, Syracuse University Press, 1990.

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