Interview with Diane Goeres-Gardner focuses on Oregon State Hospital [AUDIO]

KBOO, March 24, 2014

Jan Haaken talks with Oregon author and historian, Diane Goeres-Gardner about her new book “Inside the Oregon State Hospital: a history of tragedy and triumph”.

Book cover 'Inside the Oregon State Hospital_ a history of tragedy and triumph'

They delve into the ideas and motivations behind the book, some of the cases of hospitalized people she looks at, and changing views toward treating mental illness in Oregon over the generations. They consider women and madness, how different powerful actors resolve the ambivalences around whether the Oregon State Hospital is indeed a hospital or prison, and briefly and finally the eugenics movement in State hospitals.