Worcester State Hospital Ξ Sinister Shadows
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Over at Kirkbride Buildings there is a link to some photographs from the LIFE magazine archive that show what this device was used for. Here is the link.


My original draft of this entry indicated that I wasn't sure what this device was or why it was in a peculiar room which seemed to be used for cold storage or something similar. Looking through the LIFE photos, it's now obvious that the device was a scale used for measuring the weight of patients, and the room was designed to be able to vary the temperature and humidity for various research. Check out the photos, Patient on Scales and Sweat Study to see what I mean!