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Central State Hospital Louisville


With Eastern and Western State Hospitals seriously overcrowded the state opened the Third Kentucky Lunatic Asylum near Anchorage. Originally known as the House of Reform for Juvenile Delinquents at Lakeland. Several years later the hospital began to house patients of all ages. By the 1920s allegations of abuse and neglect became an issue and beginning in the '30s the hospital began to perform lobotomies electroshock therapy and other methods to treat patients. In 1941 A grand jury label Lakeland an overcrowded fire trap and describe the stench in the wards as "awful" and denounced the practice of committing those that were neither insane or psychotic. There were 2,400 patients in buildings designed to house only 1,600. Click here for more...