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Special programs on the grounds of the mammoth Fergus Falls State Hospital have been among the best attended events hosted by the Otter Tail County Historical Society--attracting nearly 200 for the first two. A third and final program at the now vacant facility will be Oct 16.

The Asylum

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Lunacy...insanity...shock treatments...lobotomies...the asylum...institution...the state hospital...loony bin...funny farm...nut hut

All terms connected to mental illnesses and mental handicap; most of them shamefully incorrect--politically. The public has always been squeamish, awkward and clumsy when it comes to maladies of the mind. It continues today, though thankfully to a lesser extent.


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