“Health Resort” or Hell?: A Study of Asheville’s Historic Mental Institution, Highland Hospital

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Frankie Keller (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Daniel Pierce

Abstract: The aim of Highland hospital was to treat mentally ill patients suffering from a number of ailments including addiction, depression, and schizophrenia. It was owned by Dr. Robert S. Carroll until 1939 when he gave ownership of the facilities as a gift to Duke Hospital. The hospital was run by Duke until it finally sold in 1980 to Psychiatric Institutes of America who ran it until its closing in 1993. Its history, spanning nearly 90 years, marks a time of great social and scientific change towards the treatment of mental illness. Highland opened as the number of psychiatric institutions in the country began to rise, and finally closed during the deinstitutionalization period. This paper looks at the history of Highland hospital, and the pitfalls and achievements of mental health care throughout the 20th century.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
psychiatric care, mental health, highland hospital

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