Some Background Information...
Dix's Early Life
In the 1820s when Dix became extremely ill, forcing her to suspend her work very often. She began to write, and her books sold very rapidly.
By 1836, Dix's severe health conditions caused her to close her latest school.
The Asylum Movement
As a result of Dix's efforts, funds were set aside for the expansion of the state mental hospital in Worcester; she eventually expanded her work into Europe.