The Legacy Of The Saint Paul De Mausole Asylum Essay

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In 1888, on the second story of the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, in a cold, dark room, sat a young tortured artist (Pachko, 2015). He had just been admitted into the asylum for taking a razor and cutting off his left ear. His life was filled with self-harm, self-doubt, God, and art (Bio, 2000). His art helped him stay mentally stable, for a short amount of time (Bio, 2000). On July 27, 1890 he went out to paint the morning sky and could no longer cope with the “voices in his head” (Bio, 2000). Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest that morning and died three days later, in his brothers’ arms (Bio, 2000). Van Gogh died at the age of 37. He is considered to be one of the greatest Dutch painters, but his life was cut short because he suffered from a mental illness called Schizophrenia (Bio, 2000).
The History of Schizophrenia Schizophrenia can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt in, “The Book of Hearts” (Yuhas, 2013). It describes Schizophrenia as “madness” it noted that the “madness” came from demons (Yuhas, 2013). The disorder known today as Schizophrenia was originally called Dementia Praecox (Yuhas, 2013). Dementia Praecox is defined as the general loss of cognitive abilities (Mayo Clinic, 2014). A German physician named Emil Kraepelin was the first to formally diagnose people with Dementia Praecox in 1887 (Yuhas, 2013). In 1908 Eugene Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist, believed deterioration was not involved with this disorder, but actually it…

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