MinnPost: ‘Crusaders’ who reformed state’s psychiatric hospitals highlighted in new book

By Andy Steiner

Foote_Crusade coverBack in 2013, Susan Bartlett Foote was newly retired and not really looking for anything to occupy her time. Then the project of a lifetime appeared out of nowhere.

Foote, professor emerita at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, was helping her son clean his closet when a bag of papers fell from a shelf, hitting her on her head. The bag contained a 1940-era scrapbook that her former father-in-law, the late Unitarian minister Arthur Foote, had filled with clippings and writings about statewide efforts to improve care for patients in Minnesota’s seven state-run psychiatric hospitals.

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