|The Ohio Female College|
We began our work life journey together at Emerson A. North Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital located in College Hill, Ohio. One of the first questions I ever asked is, "Where's the college?" The answer from a friend was, "You're standing in the middle of it, but it didn't look like this when it was functioning as a school."
The hospital was named after a prominent psychiatrist in Cincinnati. I located a brief paragraph in the UC Department of Psychology History from 1960.
"The first coursework in clinical psychology was offered in the 1923-1924 academic year. Emerson A. North, MD, Instructor in Neurology at the College of Medicine, offered a course entitled clinical psychology. In addition, Maurice Levine, who had recently completed a master's degree in psychology at UC, offered a course in abnormal psychology. Both North and Levine would go on to head the Psychiatry Department at the College of Medicine in later years."
|Emerson A North Hospital|
The Cincinnati Sanitarium was established in 1873. "It was the first private psychiatric facility in the U. S. for the treatment of nervous and mental disorders plus alcohol and opium addictions and occupied 40 acres with four two-story cottages, an amusement hall with a billiard hall in the basement, a flower conservatory, several physical plant buildings, an ice house and even a station for the Cincinnati Northwestern railroad. One of the buildings, the administration building, occupied the site of The Ohio Female College which was founded in 1852."
|Aerial view of the Cincinnati Sanitarium|
So many psychiatric hospitals closed in the 1980's when deinstitutionalization put our mentally ill on the street.
Just out of curiosity. What's the name of the
closest psychiatric hospital near you? Do you know it's history?
Jillian Kent writes novels set during England's Regency era. A student of both historical and contemporary mental health issues she is also a full time counselor for nursing students. To find out more please visit www.jilliankent.com