Mentally ill -- Treatment -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Benjamin Rush (Philadelphia) letter to Richard Henderson (Loudon Court House, Virginia), 1810 June 27
Rush writes a more detailed letter regarding Mr. Carter's debts and ill treatment of Carter, who was insane, by his family. Includes a statement of charges certified by the hospital's steward. Letter features an additional written comment made by Henderson or someone in his firm.
Pickering details how the family is no longer able to care for William. He has decided to send William to Rush's hospital in Philadelphia, where he will not be able to escape and might recover. He adds that another son, George, is potentially manifesting the same symptoms as William.
Pickering writes regarding his plans for caring for his mentally disturbed son, William, thanking Dr. Rush for his advice. In a postscript, he asks Rush if he should talk to his son about his derangement when he is rational in order to have his cooperation in effecting a cure.