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Asylum is a haunting, beautiful book of lost dreams and lost minds. It is a reminder that society's ideals deteriorate more rapidly than the structures built to facilitate them. Asylums for the insane, which started with high intentions, usually ended in horror and neglect. Oliver Sacks has written a deeply moving elegy for the lives of those who lived, and often died at these asylums and Christopher Payne has captured the soul of the asylums themselves through his extraordinary photographs.

Straightjacket, Logansport State Hospital, Indiana

Buffalo State Hospital, New York

Bridge to Infirmary Ward, Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts

Hall with Chairs, Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts

Mead Buliding Lobby, Yankton State Hospital, South Dakota

Typical Ward, Buffalo State Hospital, New York

Typical Ward, Kankakee State Hospital, Illinois

Remodeled Ward, Harlem Valley State Hospital, New York

Linen Closets, Traverse City State Hospital, Michigan

Patient Toothbrushes, Hudson River State Hospital, New York

Bathtub, Fairfield State Hospital, Connecticut

Gurney, South Carolina State Hospital, South Carolina

Stairwell, Harlem Valley State Hospital, New York

Patient Suitcases, Bolivar State Hospital, Tennessee

File Boxes, Spring Grove State Hospital, Maryland

Matteawan State Hospital, Beacon, New York

Courtyard Gazebo, Concord State Hospital, New Hampshire

Slaughterhouse, Broughton State Hospital, North Carolina

Corn Crib, East Kentucky State Hospital, Kentucky

Sauerkraut Vats, Danville State Hospital, Pennsylvania

Root Cellar Vents, Warren State Hospital, Pennsylvania

Sheet Metal Forms, Willard State Hospital, New York

Patient Dresses, Clarinda State Hospital, Iowa

lectroencephalograph Machine, Clarinda State Hospital, Iowa

Beauty Salon, Trenton State Hospital, New Jersey

Bowling Shoes, Rockland State Hospital, New York

Theater, Connecticut Valley State Hospital, Connecticut

Autopsy Theater, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, DC

Casket and Grave Markers, St. Lawrence State Hospital, New York

Unclaimed Cremation Urns, Oregon State Hospital, Oregon

Cemetery, Connecticut Valley State Hospital, Connecticut

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