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Doctor who OK’d ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ hospital use dies

June 7, 2013 • Business


In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, former Oregon State Hospital superintendent Dr. Dean Brooks, center participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a museum about the hospital. Brooks, 96, died May 30, 2013 in Salem, Ore., his family said. Brooks opened the doors of the hospital to the filming of the 1975 movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” after other mental hospitals had refused. His family said he wanted to open a national discussion about mental health and the harm insitutions can do. Also pictured, left to right, are Oregon State Hospital Superintendent Greg Roberts, Jim Civey, Brooks’ son-in-law; actor Louise Fletcher; and OSH Museum President Hazel Patton (AP Photo/Eilise Ward, The Oregonian) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The psychiatrist who opened the Oregon State Hospital’s doors to filming of the 1975 Academy Award-winning movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has died.

Dr. Dean Brooks died May 30 at a retirement home in Salem at age 96, family members said. He had been in declining health for several weeks after a fall.

Brooks’ daughter Dennie Brooks said Friday the film’s producers were turned down by all the other mental hospitals they approached. But her father, who was the Salem hospital’s superintendent, saw the value of the movie in starting a national discussion about mental health and the responsibility of institutions to do no harm.

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