The Care Given to the Mentally Ill Prior to the Establishment of the Nevada State Hospital
Scope and Contents
Report on the history of mental health care in Nevada, 1860-1882, includes chapters on early Territorial and state laws, the story of Mrs. Mary Ramshurt and her care in 1866, attitude of the press toward insanity, the role of private facilities and Stockton State Hospital (California) in caring for Nevada's mentally ill, the creation of the Nevada State Hospital in 1882, and names of patients treated by St. Louisa's Hospital in Virginia City, Nevada, from 1876-1897.
- Cox, Leone M. (Person)
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Nursing student at the University of Nevada-Reno.
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Mary Ramshurt (?-1867) was repeatedly found wandering Storey County with a deceased or dying child in her arms. At first believed to be an alcoholic, she was treated roughly by police forces. Once it was determined she was not intoxicated but was in some way in need of psychological care, her case was referred to the state, which had her committed to the Stockton Insane Asylum in California in December 1866. She died not long after her committal, in January 1867. The cause of death was listed as apoplexy. The records of the asylum are now held at the California State Archives in Sacramento, California.
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Report on the history of mental health care in Nevada, 1860-1882, by a nursing student at the University of Nevada-Reno.
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