[Tuscaloosa, AL ? np, 1868 or 9]. Small broadsheet. 23 by 16cm. Lightly creased from folding, a few small browned spots, and one small hole at a fold affecting one or two letters, else a very good copy. The notice gives the regulations for admitting private or paying patients, and also states a bond of $500 would be needed. This particular copy shows a pencilled filing date on the bond of "28 February 1870." Admission of indigent patients was to be approved by a Probate Judge. Planned under the directions of Dorthea Dix and Thomas Kirkbride, designed by Samuel Sloan, architect, the hospital was the most enlightened facility of its kind when it opened in 1861. Dorthea Dix brought Dr. Peter Bryce of South Carolina to the attention of the Trustees of the hospital. He would become the first Superindentent, and the hospital was later renamed for him. Under him it implemented a program that was highly esteemed and deemed sucessful in reaching and helping those in its care, even by today's standards. Patients were engaged in various activities, some providing their food through farming the over 2000 acres maintained by the facility. Straitjackets were discouraged and finally abandoned, evaluations took place on a regular basis. Item #59394
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