IX-"I Was A Mental Patient" - Michael Mok - New York Telegram and Sun

IX-"I Was A Mental Patient" - Michael Mok - New York Telegram and Sun

Frightened Youngsters Put In With Depraved

by: Michael Mok | publication date: March 24, 1961 | Publication: New York World-Telegram and Sun | pages: 1

Official promises of ward-by-ward investigation of Kings County Hospital psychiatric division and other city mental institutions bring hope not only to former patients and their loved ones but to families now torn by mental illness. Because many of these people face the possibility of having to rely on city institutions to help their families, they look to the committee headed by Dr. Lawrence C. Kolb, director of the New York Psychiatric Institute, to find ways of bettering some of the shocking conditions which now exist. The worst of these at Kings County Hospital is the failure to segregate patients by age or illness.

In the ninth and final installment of his "I Was a Mental Patient" series, Mok summarizes what he believes to be the most glaring problems with Kings County psychiatric division, primarily the lack of segregation among its patients.

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