Dorothea Dix suffered an abusive childhood, but escaped through school and, eventually teaching. After a nervous breakdown, Dorothea went abroad for a vacation, but ended up falling in with a group of healthcare reformers. She adopted their method of investigating hospitals and reporting her findings to the government and took it home to America. She traveled through the US, trying to fix the mental health system and treatment of the insane. What she left behind was a kinder, more efficient healthcare system.
(Please forgive the audio quality… it’s been quite a week.)