Medicine: House of Horrors

To motorists on U. S. 1, Byberry is just a cluster of red and white colonial-style buildings, not at all bad-looking, in a peaceful rural setting on the outskirts of Philadelphia. Philadelphians know the place better; some of them refer to the State Hospital for mental diseases at Byberry as the "House of Horrors." In the last ten years Philadelphia newspapers have sporadically aired reports of noisome doings in this enormous institution, one of the largest in the U. S.

In 1938 a reporter from the Philadelphia Record snooped around the hospital, then wrote...

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