A Case of HysteriaMain MenuThe Altogether Shocking History of Women’s Mental HealthThe Anatomy of InsanityThe Wandering WombTheater Of The HystericsFather Freud Knows BestThis Place Will Make You CrazyThe Water CureHysterical ParoxysmThis Lobotomy Won't Hurt A BitShe Must Be MadShock The Pain AwayJust A Touch Of ElectricityA Home For Inebriates And The InsaneThe Inmates Aren't Running The AsylumStories From The SanatoriumAgnes RichardsThe Ladies of RockhavenBaby BluesMaybe She's Born With ItStay Subservient!The Cost of Going Crazy in CaliforniaAdditional Artifacts from Patton State Hospital, ca. 1930-1950Anne-Marie Maxwell
Till Commitment Do We Part
1media/Header Image - Till Commitment Do We Part.jpg2020-04-01T10:34:35-07:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b4793698012image_header9860622020-04-22T15:03:23-07:00Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673eWomen have long struggled for equal rights in America, from voting to financial to personal health issues. Religious excitement, epilepsy, sexual activity, mild depression, combativeness, or just about any claimed neurosis, legitimate or not, could lead to their involuntary commitment. In years past, it was not uncommon for a husband seeking a divorce—or just dissatisfied with his wife or daughter’s behavior—to have her locked away in an asylum indefinitely. One example seen here is a letter from the mother of Wilma Holtz, who details how her daughter was confined against her will thanks to her now-deceased ex-husband. Even after his death, Wilma remained a patient, lacking any legal rights. The situation in California finally changed with the passage of the 1967 Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, which established due process rights for mentally ill individuals. It required a judge to sign off on involuntary confinements, bringing a more uniform approach to the situation and significantly reducing the number of frivolous commitments. A Patient’s Bill of Rights passed by the California legislature in 1973 gave additional assistance to those under the care of the state.
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