Shawna Bolin

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2013 Ohioana Book Award Finalist

Asylum on the Hill · History of a Healing Landscape
By Katherine Ziff · Foreword by Samuel T. Gladding · Afterword by Joseph Shields and Shawna Bolin

Asylum on the Hill is the story of a great American experiment in psychiatry, a revolution in care for those with mental illness, as seen through the example of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. Katherine Ziff’s compelling presentation incorporates rare photos, letters, maps, and records, offering readers a fascinating glimpse into psychiatric history.

“Anyone who peruses Ziff’s work will not have an easy time putting it down. This book is more than a history of a time, a place, a movement, and a people. It is instead a sensitive and centered examination.… Her portraits of people who influenced the asylum are wonderfully rendered … alive and moving.”

Samuel T. Gladding, Wake Forest University