"A Strong man of Large Human Sympathy": Dr. Patrick L. Murphy and the Challenges of Nineteenth-Century Asylum Psychiatry in North Carolina

January 2009
North Carolina Historical Review;Jan2009, Vol. 86 Issue 1, p32
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The article presents a profile of the 19th-century psychiatrist Doctor Patrick L. Murphy of North Carolina. An overview of his work as superintendent of the Western State Asylum for the Insane at Morganton is given, particularly addressing his advocacy for patient rights and well-being. Discussion is offered describing typical mental illness care in asylums in the late-1800s and their difficulties. Murphy's successful career as a therapist is cited along with his strong advocacy for humane and respectful care of patients that were considered incurable.


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