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Wood engraving shows the arrival and examination of new patients at the New York City Lunatic Asylum Hospital, Blackwell's Island, New York, New York, circa 1865. The asylum, opened in 1839, was one of the first public institutions in the United States established to care for people having mental illness. (Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images)

Wood engraving shows the arrival and examination of new patients at the New York City Lunatic Asylum Hospital, Blackwell's Island, New York, New York, circa 1865. The asylum, opened in 1839, was one of the first public institutions in the United States established to care for people having mental illness. (Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images)