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OR Author Presents New Book In Coos Bay
Diane L. Goeres-Gardner is the author of five Oregon history books. She will be presenting on her newest books Oregon Asylum and Inside Oregon State Hospital: A History of Tragedy and Triumph. The presentation will be on August 15th at 7pm in the Myrtlewood Room at the Coos Bay Library.
“Seen through the eyes of the patients who lived there, Inside Oregon State Hospital examines the world of the Northwest’s oldest continually operating hospital, established in 1883. In desperate attempts to cure their patients, physicians injected them with deadly medications, cut holes in their heads, and sterilized them. Years of insufficient funding caused the hospital to decay into a crumbling facility with too few staff, as seen in the 1975 film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Today after a $360 million makeover, Oregon State Hospital is a modern treatment hospital for the state’s civil and forensic mentally ill. In this compelling account of the institution’s tragedies and triumphs, author Diane Goeres-Gardner offers an unparalleled look at the very human story of Oregon’s historic asylum.”
Oregon Asylum is a photo-history filled with 217 photos ranging from 1883 to 2012. In addition, the author has analyzed Oregon census reports and compiled graphs showing information about the patients inside the hospital.
For additional information call the Coos Bay Public Library at 541-269-1101 or visit the website at http://bay.cooslibraries.org/