Hospital Building, Letchworth Village — Thiells, New York
It gets easier to abuse (actively or passively) people when they become a faceless number in a daily routine of overwork and stress. The above image haunts me as I imagine a patient being strapped down naked onto this bed, being dosed with massive amount of Chloral Hydrate, writhing in their own excrement and left to die — a problem to society no more. Rockland County medical examiner, Frederick T. Zugibe investigated more than 100 deaths at Letchworth Village in 1978 and found that 30% of patient deaths were due to aspiration brought on by psychotropic and sedative drugs. Translation: Patients were given high doses of medication and then choked to death on their own vomit.