Thursday, December 18, 2008

Having Issues

This is a striking painting by Phillippe Pinel called “Releasing Lunatics from their chains at the Salpetiere Asylum in Paris. ”

Look at her eyes

We like to think that mental institutions have come so far because they are no longer called asylums and because the metal chains have been replaced with fabric straight jackets. The illnesses however have not changed and often are untreatable. This painting speaks to the heart of the matter. If this was your family your mother your sister or daughter, what would you do?

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