Trenton first opened it's doors in 1848, and it was the first hospital to implement the Kirkbride plan. The first building had offices, a chapel, six female wards and six male wards. Then they expanded, to a museum, reading rooms, bowling alleys, more patient buildings, laundry building, nursing school and labs for research. In 1907, Dr.Cotton was hired to run Trenton, he seemed like a perfect fit for the hospital. He soon went mad, and turned the hospital into a nightmare. Cotton, started to believe that mental illness came from body infections in different parts of your body. He removed teeth, gallbladders, stomachs, colons, testicles and ovaries, or wherever he believed the infections were in a patients body. Cotton claimed that he achieved 90 percent of patients who survived were cured, but most patients died from the surgeries. The patients also had no choice in the surgeries, they were just dragged into the operating room. As medication became more popular, patient numbers dropped, and most buildings were closed.
Me--- these photos are from two years and not the best, we were in a rush and we just went to the first buildings we could find that were accessible and I don't think we went into any hospital buildings, and I think we just went to the nurses or doctors houses, I wasn't really sure where we were.
I'm not sure that you can get into the main hospital buildings, they look pretty boarded up and their aren't many photos from the inside of the hospital.
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