Ten Days in a Madhouse

Ten Days in a Madhouse

by Nellie Bly

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Overview

Nellie Bly, posing as "Nellie Brown," went undercover to investigate the deplorable conditions of insane asylums. Her memoirs of this event form the basis of "Ten Days in a Mad-House," which forever changed the way the world looks at treatment and housing of the insane.

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ISBN-13: 9781434121653
Publisher: The Editorium
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Pages: 124
Sales rank: 250,837
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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Ten Days in a Mad-House 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading historical stuff and this was really interesting. To see from her eyes what would have been something scary to go through is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly shocking to see how women were treated in the 1800s. We've come a long way, but still room for improvement. How scary how easily it was for a woman to get committed for insanity, then to endure such a hell hole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read! I wish it was longer !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slice of history, Nelly was a brave woman, and this book was well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nellie B.was a woman way ahead of her time and very brave. Read more about her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Woman Goes Under Cover in 19th Century Asylum Ten Days in a Mad-House is the true account of female journalist Nellie Bly as she took on an undercover assignment investigating the inner working of a mental institution in New York in 1887. The fact that Bly took the risk of getting herself committed, knowing that conditions would be grim, says a lot about her bravery and dedication to journalistic integrity. Over the counrse of ten days, Bly (who expressed surprised at how easily she was pronounced insane) experienced the poor conditions of Blackwell's Island alongside her fellow inmates. She soon found that with inedible food, no heat, filthy water, abusive "nurses", and total seclusion it was no wonder the women had gone insane. Bly viewed them with sympathy and felt that many of them were not, in fact, "crazy", but depressed, sick, or victimized. Bly was soon released and shared her finding in The York World. Her time at Blackwell's Island provided fascinating and disturbing insight into the treatment of mentally ill patients and did result in reform. You might think that a book about mental illness and a corrupt system would be hard to get through, but it is a surprisingly quick read. Bly has a very engaging style of writing and the first-person descriptions are engrossing. She was something of an anomaly in her time, but her risks paid off for the future of the mental health field. Bly had this to say when approached by her editor with the idea of going under cover. "I said I would and I could. And I did." Yes she did. Most of us would not have done the same. A great read for those who enjoy investigative journalism or who are interested in learning more about 19th century asylums. To the latter, I must also recommend Seeing the Insane by Sander Gilman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nellie bly rrocks
ladydrmr More than 1 year ago
For the time period going undercover in a madhouse to expose the cruelties was genius. This is a very good eBook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is available free online...
Anonymous 5 months ago
straight+and+to+the+point
Anonymous 6 months ago
Nelly bly is sent to a "mad " house to find how patients are treated. She acts as though she has mental problems. The abuse and uncaring she and others are put through is appalling.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Definitely kept my interest albeit left me a bit depressed. An interesting read nonetheless.
Anonymous 7 months ago
insightful+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading about true events where the writer is self involved. Elizabeth draws you in from the very beginning and holds your attention. Can’t wait to read the entire story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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BellaFoxx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was very easy to read. Nellie Bly has a very conversational way of writing, she also does not get bogged down in needless detail. In this book she tells how she got the assignment and how she prepared for it. After she is committed, which was a rather quick and easy process, she details how her first day went. She then states that all her days were like that and proceeds onto the treatment, mis-treatment, abuse, conditions at the asylum. Her belief that there were women there that were not insane substantiated by her reports of their actions and conversations.After the section on the asylum, there is another short article on the working conditions of women, she refers to it as `white slavery¿. Also very well written. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book.
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Not to long and easy to follow. Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brave for her time. Quick read, fascinating. One person can make a difference.
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
An interesting quick read with a unusual dialogue
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