Dorothea Dix's accomplishments
Dorothea Dix set out to improve treatment conditions for the mentally ill.
She discovered that the mentally ill were beaten and chained to chairs and were not tended to.
She took a job teaching inmates in an East Cambridge prison, where conditions were so abysmal and the treatment of prisoners so inhumane that she began agitating at once for their improvement.
Dorothea Dix ran the first mental hospital. She also addressed how the insane were treated.
To the right is the area where Dorothea Dix ran her first mental asylum.
Dorothea traveled to all of the county jails to see what conditions were like for mentally ill. Horrified by what she saw, she went to the legislature of Massachusetts and demanded that the living conditions of the insane be reformed. She presented to the legislature a report she had made after researching on the horrible conditions the inmates were kept in.
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