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Phineas Gage

Medical Firsts: The Story of Phineas Gage

The year was 1848, and 25-year-old Phineas Gage was earning wages as a railroad worker in Vermont. His task was to blast rock to...
Maple Cottage at Forest Haven

Abandoned Home for the Abandoned: Forest Haven Asylum

Welcome to Forest Haven, one of the most deadly institutions in the United States. This asylum for the mentally ill was built not far the...

Buried from the public: Hart Island, New York

At first glance this modest island in New York appears unremarkable. The 131-acre dark speck of land has crumbling buildings, is off-limits to the...
Manteno State Hospital

Manteno State Hospital

In 1927 the state of Illinois purchased over 1,000 acres of land earmarked for a massive mental health complex to become known as Manteno...
Guiyu China electronic waste dump of the world

Electronic Waste Dump of the World: Guiyu, China

Ever wonder where those old used computers end up? How about all those old CRT monitors, cell phones, keyboards, and PDAs? We’re told when...