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How a Missouri doctor exposed the atrocities at Willowbrook in New York

Dr. Michael Wilkins of Missouri exposed the shocking treatment of mentally ill ... He went on to work for New York state for years, placing former Willowbrook residents in group homes. Willowbrook's prison-like wards finally closed in 1987.

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