Sep 28, 2017 - Sale 2455

Sale 2455 - Lot 163

Price Realized: $ 438
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(MEDICINE.) Group of photographs and records relating to the Danville State Hospital. Approximately 60 items (0.2 linear feet) in one box; various conditions but generally minor wear. Vp, 1903-50 and undated

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Danville State Hospital in central Pennsylvania, previously known as the State Hospital for the Insane, opened its doors in 1872. Its patient population peaked at 2801 in the 1950s, and it remains open today as a long-term psychiatric facility with a much smaller number of inmates. The photographs in this collection include 19 mounted views of the hospital's staff and grounds, most about 5 x 7 inches and a few smaller, 1903-06 and undated 5 postcards and an unmounted photograph, undated a file of records from Thomas Cardioskey, a nursing student at the hospital from 1933 to 1936 and a mounted photograph of 3 male nurses, one of them presumably Cardioskey. His records as a student include 22 pages of case reports on patients he saw, listing their ailments and time in each bed--though not mentioning any patient names. The patients were treated for a fractured skull, carbon monoxide poisoning, psychoneurosis, Lysol poisoning, paresis (syphilis), gunshot wounds, and alcoholism, along with more benign ailments.