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Admission Records


Scope and Contents

Admission books: The admission books list, in table form, all admitted patients, and include some supplementary information such as their diagnoses, professions, and patient numbers. Volume 2 includes patient discharge information for 1883 through 1892.

Admission forms and physicians notes: To be admitted to Friends Asylum, patients needed to have a letter from a physician certifying that they were insane. These boxes include those physician's letters, as well as standardized admission and discharge forms. The admission forms record what the patient's board was, and contain information about how long the patient had been insane when admitted, any medical treatments that had been tried, if the patient was a harm to themselves or others, etc. Arranged by patient number, low to high, with unfolded contents following each envelope. The last folders containing patient numbers in the 2000s more frequently skip over segments of patient numbers. Earlier in the series, there are occasionally envelopes with patient numbers and admission dates that do not actually hold contents.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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