Frederic Truby King, the medical superintendent at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum near Dunedin, often photographed his patients for their files. Some patients were obviously well aware of how they were regarded by those outside the hospital. This 44-year-old patient told King, 'I suppose you want a photograph of a madwoman. I'd better stick some straw in my hair and make faces.'
(Quoted in Barbara Brookes, and Jane Thomson, eds, Unfortunate Folk: Essays on Mental Health Treatment, 1863–1992. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2001, p. 157)
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