Monday, June 12, 2017

Mistreating the Mentally Ill

Over the centuries, mankind's treatment of insane persons often appears, well, insane.

In times of plague in ancient Greece, lunatics—forced to live on the outskirts of town—would be stoned to death as part of ritual purification for the city, called "pharmakos." "Hence our modern words pharmacy, pharmaceutical, etc.)

~Richard Zacks, in An Underground Education

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