A completely unfiltered, no holds barred description of hospitals from Aaron Swartz’s blog (it was published waaaaaay back in 2006):
Were the large sign reading “Hospital” to go missing, one might easily mistake the facility as one for torture: men whose clothes have been replaced by dreary gowns slowly wander the halls in dreary stupor, their battered faces making them appear as if they have been badly beaten. They are not permitted to escape.
Brutal, yes. Worth the read, yes.