Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes author Susan Bartlett Foote to discuss The Crusade for Forgotten Souls.
Marie Swelland Grose Lecture in Ethics and Medicine
Monday, 6 May 2019 from 7pm – 8pm
Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
St. Olaf College, Northfield MN
Susan Bartlett Foote is professor emerita in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, where she was head of the Division of Health Policy and Management from 1999 to 2005. She is author of Managing the Medical Arms Race: Innovation and Public Policy in the Medical Device Industry.
The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions,
In 1940 Engla Schey, the daughter of Norwegian immigrants, took a job as a low-paid attendant at Anoka State Hospital, one of Minnesota’s seven asylums. She would work among people who were locked away under the shameful label “insane,” called inmates—and numbered more than 12,000 throughout the state. She acquired the knowledge and passion that would lead to “The Crusade for Forgotten Souls,” a campaign to reform the deplorable condition of mental institutions in Minnesota. This book chronicles that remarkable undertaking inspired and carried forward by ordinary people under the political leadership of Luther Youngdahl, a Swedish Republican who was the state’s governor from 1946 to 1951.