Was it the failures of research that we saw or was it cruelty inflected by the helpless? As students in healthcare administration, we toured several psychiatric facilities in the … area. At one facility we were taken to a below-ground dark dingy corridor where we observed iron barred cells with patients that appeared to lack the attributes that reflect a human being. There seemed to be no dignity related to their care. They were caged in like animals behind bars. As we walked in the corridor we were told not to go to near the caged cells. Each cage seemed to have a distinct species of a being totally different than what we would expect to see above ground. What cruelties were inflicted on these people? It was unsettling to see and unnerving to describe. We just thought to ourselves, how ghastly, there are people like this in the world. Were they born this way and if they were, why were they hidden away in a dungeon? Were these the results of lobectomies and failed experiments? Where are such people today? Do they still exist?
1. Discuss what legal and ethical values you believe were violated.
2. Discuss what action state government could take to prevent such inhumanity.
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