Symposium Session – Welcome to The Asylum

Welcome to The Asylum

Presented by Professor Verdigris Wetware (Eric Brewer, M.D.)

Come on a tour of the Victorian-era Lunatic Asylum.

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”
-L.P. Hartley

The Victorian-era Asylums for The Insane might not be exactly what you have been given to expect from their portrayal in film, folklore, and literature. Why did they come into existence? What did their founders think they would accomplish, and how? Who went there, and what did they do while there? And, can we learn anything from them of use to us today?


Eric BrewerProfessor Verdigris Wetware, is the Medical Superintendent of the Mechanicsburg Asylum for the Wrathful & Sullen and Consultant to the County Home for the Inconvenient. He is also the steampunk alter-ego of Eric Brewer, MS, MD, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; a practicing Psychiatrist with over 20 years’ experience of work in psychiatric hospitals and residential institutions. He currently works in a facility constructed of brick and featuring crenellation, gabled parapets, half-timbering, steeply gabled roofs, and Tudor arches reflective of the Tudor Revival and Jacobethan Revival styles.


To learn more about other sessions, workshops, and special events please visit the International Steampunk Symposium Schedule . . . your invaluable guide to the topsy turvy realm of Wonderland!

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