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The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards

Lu Nan makes a heart-breaking study of the neglected psychiatric patients in China

Lu Nan

Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Psychiatric Hospital. Sichuan, China. 1990. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Zhang Shuhua (right), 38, has been hospitalized for over two months in the Tianjin Psychiatric Hospital. Because there is no one to turn her over and wash her, she has grown fist-sized bedsores. Te (...)
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Psychiatric Hospital. Tianjin, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Psychiatric Hospital. Heilongjiang, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards An 11 year old girl in the Beijing Psychiatric Hospital. Due to a lack of children’s wards, China’s most juvenile sufferers have to be kept together with adult patients. Rather than taking care of (...)
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Two brothers live in the same sickroom. Guizhou Psychiatric Hospital, China. 1990. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Sufferers are playing poker. The loser must accept the penalty of having a pillow placed atop his head. Psychiatric Hospital Heilongjiang, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Psychiatric Hospital Tianjin. This patient is blind. When he senses that someone is in front of him, he repeatedly says, “They mistreat me.” Tianjin, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Chen Jinming, 45, has been hospitalized for five years. During a psychotic episode 20 years ago, he stayed outside too long in the snow, causing loss of some fingers and all his toes to frostbite. (...)
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards This is a ward for serious cases. At Guangxi Psychiatric Hospital there are 10+ wards like this. Zhou Juduo, 23, has been hospitalized for over a month but has never left Ward 13. Guangxi, China. 1 (...)
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Vagrant Sufferer. Psychiatric Hospital Sichuan, China. 1990. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Yang Jun, 35, has been hospitalized for 10 years and has suffered from TB for three years. Psychiatric Hospital Tianjin, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Han Min, 36, has been hospitalized for six years. Psychiatric Hospital Tianjing, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Meng Zhaolan, 66, has been hospitalized for over ten years. Psychiatric Hospital Tianjin, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards A patient drawing a picture for his roommate. Psychiatric Hospital Heilongjiang, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Psychiatric Hospital. Beijing, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Psychiatric Hospital. Heilongjiang, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos
Lu Nan | The Forgotten People: The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards Psychiatric Hospital. Tianjin, China. 1989. © Lu Nan | Magnum Photos