We like to think that today's strict hospital regulations mean that wherever we end up in a time of need, we'll be safe. But this wasn't always the case. In the late 1900s and throughout the early 20th century, medical institutions were little more than places to dump the clinically insane without a second thought. And because there was no one to stand by and kick up a fuss, these places were full of dodgy treatments, terrible care practices, and very strange owners. We're not just talking about beds being too small, but things like electrotherapy, chronic overcrowding, and straitjackets. So it might not be surprising to hear that many hospitals around this time were shut down pretty hastily. While some may have been rebuilt or repurposed into different things, most of these psych wards have been left alone to this day - many in the same conditions that existed decades ago.