Frederic Truby King, the medical superintendent at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum near Dunedin, introduced the practice of photographing patients for pasting in their clinical files. The idea caught on in other institutions. Some patients were well aware of how they were regarded by those outside the hospital. This 44-year-old married woman told King, 'I suppose you want a photograph of a madwoman. I'd better stick some straw in my hair and make faces.' (Quoted in Barbara Brookes, and Jane Thomson, eds, Unfortunate folk: essays on mental health treatment, 1863–1992. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2001, p. 157)
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