"Seven Days in the Madhouse!" - Frank Smith - Chicago Daily Times



Frank Smith's series, under the editorship of Louis Ruppel at the Chicago Daily Times, got national attention and was, according to Time, a real circulation-builder for the newspaper.


Media History

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Effects and Outcomes

Frank Smith's effort at Kankakee, Illinois led to new sanitation legislation in and prompted state-wide investigation of psychiatric hospitals. It followed Nellie Bly's infiltration of the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island in 1887. Subsequent such investigations included Michael Mok's Lasker prize-winning investigation for the New York World Telegram & Sun, in 1961 and Frank Sutherland's series for the Nashville Tennessean in 1974.

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