First Hospital for the
Benjamin Hornor Coates, M.D.
List of patients at the
Bound holograph manuscript, 1838
Gift/purchase Marian S. Carson, 1997 (27.9)
Benjamin Hornor Coates, M.D., was attending physician
at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia from 1828 to 1841.
The Pennsylvania Hospital began admitting mentally disturbed patients
after 1752. It was the first institution in the United States
dedicated to the treatment of mental and physical illness in a
period of reform that saw the shift away from punishment and restraint
toward the treatment of patients' symptoms. Coates was a pioneer
in the use of narcotics in the treatment of the insane. Shown
here is a list of patients treated in 1838, noting the date of