Case Analysis : Waverly Hills Sanitarium Essay

1362 Words Mar 30th, 2016 6 Pages
We entrust many aspects of our lives to figures in positions of power – our births, our educations, our marriages, our livelihoods. The list could go on. But one important aspect we entrust is our health. We count on doctors and nurses to make the right decisions for our bodies, and sometimes that decision is the difference between life and death. In spite of the expectations set for our caregivers, human nature can lead us astray. Medical abuse has been very prevalent in a plethora of settings. Typically, patients are able to go through the proper authorities to start investigations into these incidents. But what happens when you 're so isolated that the only people you have to turn to are your abusers and the chances of retribution are negligible?

Waverly Hills Sanitarium, later known as Woodhaven Geriatric Center, was a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky initially used as a tuberculosis hospital, but later as a center for the elderly. Waverly Hills was proposed in 1906 by the Kentucky legislature as an aid to staunching the epidemic of tuberculosis known as the White Plague. By 1910, the hospital was fully operational, with a capacity of 40 people. The hospital, though minimal at first, was provided further funding, allowing for the hospital to expand to a capacity of more than 400 patients. Waverly Hills became a strangely isolated community. It even had its own postal code! Patients and staff alike were made to say their farewells to the outside world and succumb to the…

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