Voice for the Mad by David L. Gollaher
The Life of Dorothea Dix

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Describing in detail the conditions she witnessed in jails, prisons, and asylums, a biography of Dorothy Dix documents her crusade to help the impoverished mentally ill by lobbying legislatures and soliciting funds that ultimately created thirty state asylums.
 

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Gollaher is President and CEO of the California Healthcare Institute.
 
Published June 1, 1995 by Free Pr. 538 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Gollaher (president of the California Health Care Institute) deftly avoids situating Dix too firmly in political or cultural history, instead revealing her personality, her complex and powerful sympathies for certain kinds of suffering, her racial prejudices, crusading tone, and increasingly diff...

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With single-minded determination, Dix (1802-1887), a New England school teacher, succeeded in drawing national attention to the appalling treatment of the mentally ill.

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