Danvers State Hospital Case Study

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Danvers State Hospital started undergoing construction around 1874 and patients weren’t admitted until May 1st, 1878. During the reconstruction time period of the Civil War. Danvers building structure was made from materials in the local area that cost $1.5 million. This building structure will give the hospital the name ‘the castle on the hill. The structure was belief to cure patients and eliminate “the darkest, most cheerless, and worst ventilated parts.” The building was divide into sections, placing patients based on the needed care. During the reconstruction time period of the Civil War. The appointed Superintendent was Dr. Calvin S. May, who originally was an Assistant Physician from the Connecticut Hospital for the Insane from 1874-1877.

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