By Darby Penney, Peter Stastny
“The Lives They Left Behind is a deeply relocating testomony to the human facet of psychological disorder, and of the slender margin which so usually separates the sane from the mad. It is a extraordinary portrait, too, of the lifetime of a psychiatric asylum--the type of group within which, for larger and for worse, millions of individuals lived out their lives. Darby Penney and Peter Stastny's cautious historic (almost archaeological) and biographical reconstructions provide us designated perception into those lives which might rather be misplaced and, certainly, incredible to the remainder of us.”—Oliver Sacks, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Columbia collage scientific middle, Columbia college Artist, and writer of Musicophilia.
More than 400 deserted suitcases packed with patients’ assets have been discovered whilst Willard Psychiatric middle closed in 1995 after a hundred twenty five years of operation. they're skillfully tested the following and in comparison to the written checklist to create a moving—and devastating—group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.
“The haunting factor in regards to the suitcase vendors is that it’s really easy to spot with them.”—Newsweek
“In their poignant aspect the goods helped rescue those contributors from the darkish sprawl of anonymity.”—The long island Times
“[The authors] spent 10 years piecing jointly . . . the lives those sufferers lived ahead of they have been nightmarishly stripped in their identities.”—Newsday