Bedlam in Penn’s Woods

Pennsylvanians have been concerned with the welfare of the insane since the earli­est provincial days. Indeed, as befits the Commonwealth’s humanitarian Quaker heritage, Pennsylvania has made pio­neering efforts in the field. For most of the pre­Revolutionary period, care of the mad was restricted to physical support and occa­sional confinement for public safety. Victims’ families...
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Diet Table for General Hospitals, United States Army

A “Diet Table for General Hospitals, United States Army,” is contained in Record Group 19, Records of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg. Issued by Surgeon General of the United States William Alexander Hammond (1828-1900) on October 28,1862, it recommended the types and quantities of foods and beverages to be consumed by...
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