From the minute you sit in the turn of the century (that's 19th-20th!) lecture amphitheater, you'll feel transported back in time. The stories you'll hear remind us that at one time all those who were significantly physically or mentally disabled ended up in an institution. Sometimes families dropped off their child with a mental disability or seizure disorder and seldom or never returned.
But these facilities, archaic as they are, helped turn mental disabilities into real science. Undoubtedly the work here eventually enlightened physicians and scientists as they continued to correlate physical post-mortem findings of the brain with the pathology that had been seen in the living patient prior to death.
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