Ward 81

EPUB EBook by Mary Ellen Mark

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In 1975, photographer Mary Ellen Mark was assigned by The Pennsylvania Gazette to produce a story on the making of MiloForman's film of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital, a mental institution. Ward 81 EPUB EBook While on set, Mark met the women of Ward 81, the only locked hospital security ward for women in the state: the inmates were considered dangerous to themselves or to others. In February of 1976, just before the ward closed (it ceased to exist in November of 1977, when it became the female section of a coeducational treatment ward), Mark and Karen Folger Jacobs, a writer and social scientist, were given permission to make a more extended stay, living on the ward in order to photograph and interview the women. They spent 36 days on Ward 81, photographing and documenting. Jacobs recalls their slow, inevitable assimilation: "We felt the degeneration of our own bodies and the erosion of our self- EPUBconfidence. We were horrified at the thought of what we might become after a year or two of confinement and therapy on Ward 81." This new hardcover edition adds 10 new pictures to the original. Ward 81 is a sobering investigation into the lives and treatment of the mentally ill.

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