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Mental Illness: Major Films   no photo.
TitleStairway to Light (1945)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental
CountryUSA
Length?
GenreBiography
Rating?
DirectorSammy Lee
CastJohn Nesbitt Dewey Robinson
NotesB/W This is said to be a short film. This is the story of the French doctor Phillipe Pinel (1745-1826). When he was appointed to a hospital for people who were mentally ill he was faced with the most awful conditions perhaps common at the time. Patients were kept like criminals, chained up and in dark cells. His humane treatment of his patients became the standard by which others might judged.

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