Metonymy is a rhetoric form where a portion is used to describe the whole, photography often uses the structures of the rhetoric art to develop its own language, rather through a single image or by extension using a whole set to narrate, exaggerate, render it in a more exacerbated tones. San Salvi is not all like you see in the following pictures, this is definitely a small portion of a larger area that used to be the mental institution of Florence, now converted into offices, a school. Officially inaugurated in 1891, the hospital was dedicated to the great physician Vincenzo Chiarugi, an outstanding figure in the field of psychiatry in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The San Salvi Hospital replaced the historic, but now inadequate, Florentine structures. The new complex was designed as a place able to respond to the new tendencies emerging in psychiatry at the time. In this sense, the relationship that developed between medical disciplines and psychiatric hospital architecture is particularly interesting. Basically, the project originated through close collaboration between the designer as Giorgio Roster and the psychiatrists Tamburini, Grilli and Pellizzari. The result was a village-like structure, consisting of several pavilions. Every Mental Institution was designed the same way. They were built like cities with a wall that went all the way around. There was a walkway/porch on top of each building. This walkway went around the whole Mental Institution. The doctors would walk around the walkway while the patients were down below on the ground. The patients were only allowed to go into their room at night. It is interesting to note that the hospital buildings were arranged within an ellipse. On the longer axis, to the west, were the men’s medical facilities, on the east those of the women. The two structures were connected by terraced corridors and underground galleries. The patients were housed in the following pavilions: the Calm; the Infirm and Paralytic; the Semi-Agitated, Dirty and Epileptic; the Agitated; the Pensioners; and the Paying Young Patients Section. The patients had no choice. The nurses and doctors washed the patients including all of their private parts. Then they hosed them down. The male and female patients had separate quarters and could not see the opposite sex. They were counted a million times a day. If they refused to be counted they were tied to chairs. They were treated like animals. There were about 10,000 people living in San Salvi at the. As a result, people that were sane coming in were mentally destroyed when they came out. A doctor living in San Salvi made accusations about the way people were treated. No one believed him. So he hired two photographers to sneak in and take pictures of the conditions and they way people were treated. The pictures were spread around the community. This is when people started to believe him and it eventually got shot down in the seventies with the Law Basaglia. What is left of these places? After thirty years walking in these abandoned building you can still feel the loneliness of these parks and the story they hold in the walls, in the corridors, in the trees in the parks.