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Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), Casa de Locos (House of Fools) shows how fools were treated before specialized treatment was available.
The Narrenturm in Vienna (translates to fools' tower) was the first specialised building to lodge mentally ill patients. It was built in 1784. It is a museum of medical history today.

A psychiatric hospital is a place where mentally ill people are kept so they can be treated.

Doctors who work at psychiatric hospitals are called psychiatrists. Usually people choose to be in a psychiatric hospital. Sometimes psychiatrists can put people in hospitals who do not want to be there, because they think the people are dangerous to themselves or other people. A halfway house or group home is a place for patients who have left the psychiatric hospital and are slowly being released into societyview more...