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New York State Commission in Lunacy. Hudson River State Hospital. Manuscript (typescript): Patient evaluation records for 1907. New York: , 1907. 8vo (27.1 cm, 10.66"). 508 ff. $975.00
Collection of original case records for Hudson River State Hospital, a state-run psychiatric hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY: over 500 leaves of typed notes for patients admitted in 1907, including detailed physical examinations, medical histories, and interview transcriptions — the latter extending to several pages in many cases. The patient demographics range widely, with ages from teen to elderly and birthplaces in both the U.S. and abroad; some of the patients were transferred to the hospital from jails or almshouses, while others were brought in by relatives or the police. They include a woman who amputated the tip of her tongue because the devil told her to, an "excited but not violent" man who "attempted to go out in the street naked" and blamed it on "over-work and eagerness to make money," a man with "no conception of time or place," and a number of patients with delusions, paranoid thoughts, or suicidal tendencies. Their intake examinations were conducted by Dr. Dean Miltimore under the supervision of acting superintendent Dr. Isham G. Harris.
Laid into the volume are a set of five- and ten-cent tickets to the patients' store, and a check from the hospital, drawn on the City National Bank of Poughkeepsie.
Sheets fastened into a contemporary textured cloth–covered volume, covers with embossed decorative frame ("Shipman's common-sense binder," per the front pastedown label); binding ightly rubbed overall, lower edges discolored, spine sunned with head torn and remnants of paper shelving label at foot. Occasional inked or pencilled corrections and additions; some leaves with outer portions slightly crumpled. => A unique item offering unusual documentation of the state of early 20th-century observation of mental illness, with commentary thereon. (41916) Please RESHELVE This.
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