Although the Rest Therapy he devised, during which the patient was isolated from all people and all external stimuli were removed in order for the woman to calm down, was considered a breakthrough in the treatment of psychological diseases at the time, later this treatment method acquired much darker shades.
The short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a former patient of AW Mitchell, infamously popularized this therapy, which is now considered dubious to say the least, and by some called downright oppressive, according to historicmysteries.com .
Was SW Mitchell a cruel man or just wrong? Ch. Mr. Gilman’s book, in which the narrator, imprisoned in an attic room, gradually deteriorates from exhaustion to complete madness, clearly reveals that such treatment is inhumane and extremely harmful. So why did SW Mitchell use this therapy?
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