Book Reviews of Snake Pit

Snake Pit
Snake Pit
Author: Mary Jane Ward
ISBN-13: 9789997409041
ISBN-10: 9997409043
Publication Date: 6/1946
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.

4.8 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Random House Inc (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderfully written account of a woman in a mental institution. Shock therapy and other less than humane methods are used on some patients. The main character isn't insane, but is almost convinced that she is since she has memory lapses/missing days ("missing pages" of her memory).
This book shows some of the horrors of sanitariums before certain methods were outlawed.
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Helpful Score: 1
this book was published in 1946. A personal perspective on life in a public mental hospital in the era before before deinstitutionalization