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Lilly Neil case history


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In 1884 Lilly Neil was admitted for 5 months to New York Hospital Bloomingdale for "delusions". For some periods between 1901 and 1909 Neil was a patient of both Butler Hospital (RI) once and the State Hospital for the Insane (RI) twice. The letters pertain to her patient history and intake in Bloomingdale. While in Rhode Island, Neil was taken in as a paranoia patient. Her brother, John W. Neil, (not a close connection) provided Dr. S. B. Lyon critical patient information about Lilly Neil, including her birth in Scotland, immigration to England with their parents, and after being orphaned, her immigration to Canada.

Lilly's first name and last name are spelled differently in each of the three documents. As such, we used the most relevant name based on 1881 Canadian Census records for Ontario, CA. Other variants include Lilly Neal and Lillie Neile.

Contains letters between G. Alder Blumer (Superintendent of Butler Hospital RI) and Arthur H. Harrington (Superintendent of the RI State Hospial for the Insane) to Dr. S. B. Lyon of New York Hospital Bloomingdale located in White Plains, New York discussing the case history of patient Lilly Neil (otherwise known as Lily Neil, Lilly Neal, or Lillie Neile) related to both her intial case of delusions in 1884 and later paranoia (1901 and 1909), assumed to be associated with an illness she had in 1883.

Arranged chronologically

Purchased from McBride Rare Books, July 2019.

Processed by Ella Culton, completed September 2020

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Ella Culton
Finding Aid Date
September, 2020
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