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February 1955

News and Comment

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;73(2):148. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330080026008

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Centennial of Saint Elizabeths Hospital.—  On Jan. 15, 1855, Saint Elizabeths Hospital, in Washington, D. C., admitted its first patients. This year it celebrates its centennial. Now a component unit of the U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, it was established by Act of Congress as the Government Hospital for the Insane. Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802-1887), one of the most remarkable women America has produced, was responsible for this action by the Congress, and her name will be given this year to the new 420-bed Admission and Treatment Building at Saint Elizabeths, the Dorothea Lynde Dix Memorial Pavilion.On May 5 and 6, 1955, there will be held at the Hospital a two-day meeting, with invited guest speakers of international repute. An historical pageant depicting the life and works of Miss Dix—planned, written, and enacted by patients of the Hospital—will also be presented at this time.

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