back in athens

My former town of Athens, Ohio, was such an intriguing and cool place. Meggan and I were just in town for a short while Saturday, and it was nice to be back for a visit. While we were there, we did a very short hike near one of our old favorite places to visit. If you ever go to Athens, be sure to check out The Ridges. It’s a place that was the Athens Lunatic Asylum from 1874-1993. It’s kind of creepy looking, but it is now owned by the University, and some parts of it have been modernized.For more interesting stuff to watch, check out Chad Stevens’ video on Soul of Athens. It was shot by Mike Kleinfeld and Travis Dove. I’d like to know if you can get through it, or if it creeps you out too much.

3 Responses to back in athens

  1. Prudence says:

    This video is very stark, but well done. I almost feel a familiarity…like I have visited before. Perhaps, because I have visited mental hospitals of this sort during training as a nurse and I have experienced that depressing, overwhelming sensation of hopelessness. The doctor, I am sure, felt it necessary to go to extreme lengths to find a way to help these desperate people. Unless you have seen the misery of the severely mentally ill patient, it is hard to grasp how this could happen. Remember that drug therapy was not widely available so the condition of the mentally ill was hopeless. Even though you see none of the patients you imagine the desperation. I can almost hear the screams! I do hear them in my head, because I have heard them before. The procedure does seem like torture and it is hard to grasp how anyone could think to use an ice pick in this way to cure mental illness. Looking back, it is clear that this kind of treatment was abusive and unacceptable.

  2. jeff says:

    Prudence, thanks for the pithy comment. Do you ever wonder what things we do now in 2007 that people will marvel at 50 years from now?

  3. Prudence says:

    I do think of that often. Procedures that were common in the OR 30 years ago are now obsolete, and I believe that many things that are cutting edge now will in hindsight be hard to understand in 50 years. I wonder what the next great thing will be. Ten years ago, I was just starting to use the internet.

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