State prisons, hospitals, soldiers' homes and orphan schools controlled by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania Volume 1; embracing their history, finances and the laws by which they are governed

 
9781153779500: State prisons, hospitals, soldiers' homes and orphan schools controlled by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania Volume 1; embracing their history, finances and the laws by which they are governed
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 Excerpt: ... excess of its capacity. The superintendent urged the erection of a new build ing, and called attention in his report for that year to the fact that some new farm buildings had been constructed as well as a large ice house. While the general health of the institution had been good, there was an attack of dysentery in July, 1889, which continued nearly three months. Twelve deaths followed, though there were only about 12 per cent, of the patients attacked. This disease was largely owing to the floods and frequent rains which contaminated the water supply. One hundred and thirty-two beds were made up on the corridor floors every evening owing to the overcrowded condition of the hospital, and in the dining room the patients were crowded too closely for comfort, and the washing, bathing and other personal conveniences had become entirely inadequate. The kitchen, itself was not intended to prepare food for more than 1,000 persons, and the daily religious services in the chapel were so crowded that only about sixty per cent, of the patients could be present at one time. The necessity of more physical exercise for the inmates became apparent to the managers, and a walk for the use of the females was constructed. It was through a shady grove anil was км surveyed and laid out as to entirely exclude the patients from the public gaze. Its length was about 1,760 yards. The weekly cost of patients for the year 1892 was $3.21. In the industrial line during 1891 and 1892 the patients re-graded and made a valuable part of the hospital farm, eight acres of land which had heretofore been marshy and almost worthless. The general superintendency of the institution which had for nineteen years been controlled by Dr. S. S. Schultz, was now placed in the hands of Hugh...

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