Elizabeth Packard And Legal Commitment

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A piece of the history of mental illness that stood out to me in this material was The Case of Mrs. Packard and Legal Commitment. Back in 1860 Elizabeth Packard was put into an institution by her husband because at the time it was legal for a husband to hospitalize their wives and stayed there for three years. When she returned home her husband locked her up and planned to send her back to the asylum. She was able to get out and went on to spend her life campaigning to protect women's rights. I selected this piece of history because I didn’t realize how much power men had over women back then and how just their word could lock up a woman. It was so shocking I had to read it a second time to make sure I read it right. This definitely makes me

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