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Whittingham, England

Whittingham Hospital

This hospital once pioneered the use of electroencephalograms, but fell into maltreatment, abuse, and eventual abandonment. 

Opened in 1873, this mental asylum was known for pioneering the use of electroencephalograms, or EEGs, a diagnostic device that measures electrical impulses along the scalp.

Eventually, World War I and II soldiers were treated here as well. Yet the hospital’s infamy comes from its history of patient abuse that included patients being left unattended for long periods of time, being fed scraps and being strangled to the point of unconsciousness.

The site continues to host a medium secure psychiatric unit but most of the original buildings have now been demolished to make way for a housing development. The listed St Johns church and its graveyard remain, the headstones one of the few reminders of the history of the surrounding land.