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Through a glass darkly: patients of the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville, USA (1854-80)

Howarth, RJ; Aleguas, SA; (2019) Through a glass darkly: patients of the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville, USA (1854-80). History of Psychiatry , 30 (2) pp. 150-171. 10.1177/0957154X18821059. Green open access

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Abstract

The State Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois, was the first public hospital of its kind to be established in the state and among the earliest to be built on the ‘Kirkbride Plan’. It opened for patients in 1851. We describe the background to the establishment of the hospital and, so far as is possible from publicly available sources, its catchment area, the nature of the patients held there up to 1880, its mechanisms of discharge, and supposed causes of death. We end with a plea that after over 150 years, the release of hospital casebooks and similar records in digital form would be of considerable benefit to historians of psychology, scientific biographers, genealogists and demographers.

Type: Article
Title: Through a glass darkly: patients of the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville, USA (1854-80)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0957154X18821059
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0957154X18821059
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, History Of Social Sciences, Psychiatry, Social Sciences - Other Topics, Dementia, demographics, mania, melancholia, psychiatric hospitals, DEMENTIA
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10095783
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