Reasons for Admission
West Virginia Hospital for the Insane (Weston)
October 22, 1864 to December 12, 1889

These are actual justifications, taken from official records, for admission of patients into the luxurious (I'm certain) and delicately named West Virginia Hospital for the Insane, during the years following the Civil War.  Besides being comedy gold, I have little doubt that, in the right hands, this list could provide the basis for a dandy drinking game.  At the very least, it's fun to peruse the checklist and realize that each and every one of us could've found our sorry asses incarcerated in a nineteenth century nuthouse.  Hell, just last night after dinner I provided a half-dozen "reasons for admission" myself.  Have fun.
        


Grief

Constitutional

Asthma

Domestic trouble

The War

Sun Stroke

Masturbation for 30 years

Trouble

Dissipation of nerves

Fever and nerved

Interferance

Intemperence & Business Trouble

Fever

Jealousy

Exposure in Army

Self Abuse

Venerial Excesses

Puerperal

Shooting of daughter

Parents were cousins

Exposure and hereditary

Uterine derangement

Death of sons in war

Imprisonment

Political excitement

Fever and loss of law suit

Gastritis

Desertion by husband

Sexual Derangement

Feebleness of intellect

Rumor of husband's murder

Mental excitement

Disappointment

Jealousy and Religion

Seduction and Disappointment

Severe labor

Disappointed love

Fits and disertion of husband

Suppressed masturbation

Deranged masturbation

Hard study

Dropsy

Effusion on the brain

False confinement

Sexual abuse and stimulants

Excitement as Officer

Fall from horse

Disappointed affection

Cold

Indigestion

Brain Fever

Carbonic Acid Gas

Exposure and quackery

Spinal irritation

Snuff eating for 2 years

Periodical fits, tobacco & masturbation

Hysteria

Female Disease

Fell from horse in war

Exposure in Army

Self Abuse

Religious Enthusiasm

The War

 

Dissolute habits

Loss of arm

Ill treatment by husband

Scarlatina

Small Pox

Hereditary predisposition

Epileptic fits

Supression of menses

Decoyed into the Army

Kicked in the head by a horse

Superstition

Bite of rattlesnake

Dog bite

Snuff

Novel reading

Egotism

Salvation Army

Imaginary female trouble

Diptheria

Over taxing mental powers

Vicious vices early in life

Bloody flux

Politics

Women

Nymphomania

Moral sanity

Greediness

Time of life

Cerebral softening

Gunshot wound

Liver and Social Disease

Seduction

Kick of horse

Softening of the brain

Menstrual deranged

Business nerves

Masturbation & syphillis

Gathering in the head

Bad company

Sunstroke

Carbuncle

Over Heat

Bad habits & political excitement

Domestic affliction

Pecuniary losses

Worms

Congestion of brain

Remorse

Milk fever

Opium habit

Crime

Excessive sexual abuse

Fighting fire

Bad whiskey

Women trouble

Over action of the mind

Explosion of shell nearby

Marriage to son

Medicine to prevent conception

Over study of religion

Immoral Life

Young lady and fear

Laziness

 

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