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Persuasion and Coercion: Therapeutic Landscapes of the Early National Period | Dell Upton

Persuasion and Coercion: Therapeutic Landscapes of the Early National Period | Dell Upton

Philadelphia’s first insane asylums offer a useful starting point for considering the relationships among theory and practice among a vast constellation of penal, educational, and…

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“Until Cleansed and Purified”: Landscapes of Health in the Interpermeable World | David S. Barnes

“Until Cleansed and Purified”: Landscapes of Health in the Interpermeable World | David S. Barnes

The Lazaretto quarantine station on the Delaware River was built beginning in 1799, in the aftermath of four devastating yellow fever epidemics, to protect Philadelphia…

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Housing Lunatics and Students: Nineteenth-Century Asylums and Dormitories | Carla Yanni

Housing Lunatics and Students: Nineteenth-Century Asylums and Dormitories | Carla Yanni

Environmental determinism—the idea that the environment, including architecture, can shape behavior—linked asylums and dormitories. In both cases, the architecture of carefully planned structures reformed the…

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