By Darby Penney
“The Lives They Left Behind is a deeply relocating testomony to the human aspect of psychological ailment, and of the slim margin which so usually separates the sane from the mad. It is a amazing portrait, too, of the lifetime of a psychiatric asylum--the kind of group during which, for higher and for worse, millions of individuals lived out their lives. Darby Penney and Peter Stastny's cautious historic (almost archaeological) and biographical reconstructions supply us certain perception into those lives which might rather be misplaced and, certainly, incredible to the remainder of us.”—Oliver Sacks, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Columbia collage clinical middle, Columbia college Artist, and writer of Musicophilia
“The haunting factor in regards to the suitcase proprietors is that it’s really easy to spot with them.”—Newsweek
“In their poignant aspect the goods helped rescue those contributors from the darkish sprawl of anonymity.”—The manhattan Times
“[The authors] spent 10 years piecing jointly . . . the lives those sufferers lived sooner than they have been nightmarishly stripped in their identities.”—Newsday
More than 400 deserted suitcases packed with sufferers’ assets have been discovered whilst Willard Psychiatric middle closed in 1995 after one hundred twenty five years of operation. they're skillfully tested the following and in comparison to the written checklist to create a moving—and devastating—group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.