1604Am J Psychiatry 162:9, September 2005Images in Psychiatryhttp://ajp.psychiatryonline.orgSaint Vincent’s Hospital WestchesterSaint Vincent’s Hospital Westchester in Harrison, N.Y., is cele-brating 125 years of continuous service to the mentally ill. Thehistory of Saint Vincent’s mirrors the progress of the treatment ofthe mentally ill in the United States.In 1876, the Sisters of Charity purchased 96 acres in Harrison. Alarge home on the property was to be used as a summer residencefor frail, sick children from the New York Foundling Hospital. Thespacious grounds, fertile soil, and plentiful farm produce seemedto make this an ideal location for the children to regain theirstrength. However, 2 years later, as the result of a poor sanitationsystem in the town, typhoid fever broke out, and although thechildren survived, one nun and two staff members died from thedisease, and the property was abandoned.
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