Garden Brings "Wildwood" To City: Spare-time activity over a period of 12 years has transformed a barren knoll behind Mrs. Karol Tessmer's home, at 635 Fifth St., into a "woodland" slope covered with a striking variety of flowers and foliage plants, most of them wild. Blooms and leafy plants growing in the "wildwood" include wild iris, Virginia cowslip, wild ginger, bloodroot, plantain lily, wild phlox, wake-robin, spring beauties, adder's tongue, daffodils, anemones, myrtle, sedum and juniper. The flagged terrace and the path ascending the slope were built by Mrs. Tessmer's husband, Clyde, a former stone mason. Most of the flowers in the garden were transplanted from woodland spots by Mrs. Tessmer herself.
Music, Too, Is Medicine: Any activity that helps to bring sick minds back to normal interests has a curative value. So the state hospitals through their recreational therapy work encourage the formation of choirs, orchestras, dramatic groups and the like. In addition to furnishing entertainment for others, the efforts of patients along these lines are of direct benefit to themselves. Choir singing helps to keep them in touch with the realities of life, with religous expression, with the festivals that mean so much to the healthy world outside. It helps, too, to make them ready to resume their normal places in that world when they are cured of their ailments.
Beauty Parlor Spurs The Mind: Mental Illness often causes loss of a normal desire to look sightly to others. The restoration of pride in personal appearance may be a step toward recovery. So Ypsilanti State hospital has established a beauty parlor among its mental therapeutical agencies.
Working Back To Mental Health: Here is an occupational therapy shop. Tasks that interest and stimulate the mind help patients toward recovery and toward greater mental comfort. In addition to having curative results -- the main objective of occupational therapy -- the activities of patients produce many articles of use, such as rugs for sitting rooms and dormitories, curtains, chair covers, clothing, and the like. Nearly all the hospitals are using makeshift or inadequate quarters for occupational therapy. A separate building for this purpose at Ypsilanti is scheduled in the hospital building program.
Overcrowded Dormitory In State Hospital - This sleeping room at Ypsilanti State mental hospital was designed to give about 55 square feet of night space to each patient. But the 6-year-old institution is already so overloaded and has so many waiting to get in that accepted comfort and hygiene "standards" have to be abandoned temporarily under pressure of grim necessity. So this dormitory is jammed with as many beds as can be forced into it -- fully one-third more than should be there. This condition bas as it is, is far better than found in older hospitals with much less window space, much less artificial ventilation, much less pleasant and possibly less sanitary walls, ceilings, and floorings. Contrast this picture with the one below taken in an older institution.