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A case study in care: the Willard Asylum.

Some four hundred patients are survived by the possessions they left behind, in an extraordinary cache of suitcases. Their personal belongings illuminate lives spent at the margins and pose a question no closer to being satisfactorily answered now than it was a century ago: how should we look after our mentally ill?

Andrew Purcell

I am a British freelance journalist based in New York. My principal clients are the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), the Sunday Herald (Scotland), the Guardian (UK) and BBC World Service radio. For a complete list of contents, click here. Twitter: @andrewpurcellny

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