Patient Buildings

Introduction   |   The Main Building   |   The Cottages
The Medical Examination Building   |   The North Building

Physicians believed that the classification of mental illnesses was an important part of mental health care. This allowed asylums to accommodate various conditions in their building design. The LAI held both acute, or "curable" patients, and chronic, or "incurable" patients in these different branches. Ideally, Superintendents liked to see themselves as running a hospital, not a long-term care facility. Superintendents attempted to be selective and take in patients with a chance of recovery, acute patients who had been sane at an earlier point in their lives. In reality, the LAI, like many similar institutions, described 80% of their patients as "incurable" in 1874.