In 1824, Dr. Eli Todd opened the Hartford Retreat for the Insane, which would become the Institute of Living later in the century. The Hartford Retreat for the Insane was the first hospital of any kind in Connecticut, and only the third hospital for mental illness in the United States. Dr. Todd was a proponent of the “law of kindness” for the care and treatment of the mentally ill, a radical departure from the cruel “chains in the dungeon” policies of previous insane asylums.
The lecture by Dr. Lawrence Goodheart, Department of History, UConn Greater Hartford, will be held in the Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn Storrs Campus, on Sunday, September 26, 4 pm.Dr. Goodheart’s critically acclaimed book Mad Yankees explores the evolution of treatment for Connecticut’s mentally ill at the Hartford Retreat for the Insane.
This program is open to adults and children ages ten and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free and advanced registration is not required.
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University of Connecticut
2019 Hillside Road, Unit 1023
Storrs, CT 06269-1023
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