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Prescription Book - Royal Park Hospital for the Insane, circa 1910 Document Reg. No: SH 850087

Used for recording prescriptions dispensed to patients at the Receiving House, Royal Park Hospital for the Insane 1908 - 1911. Separate columns for male and female patients. Gives name of patient, date and contents of prescription. Handwritten in ink.
Large, lined notebook with blue oilcloth cover, half-bound in red leather with crown at head of spine. End-papers marbled in turquoise, purple, maroon and white. Edges marbled in green, yellow, blue and white. Book only one third full.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital (Mental Asylum)
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 33.00 cm (Height), 2.50 cm (Width), 21.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: log books, mental health, mental health institutions, pharmacy equipment, psychiatric hospitals, public parks, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Nursing
Tertiary Classification: pharmaceuticals
Inscriptions: Text: PRESCRIPTION BOOK/from June 20th 1908 to.
Date Made: circa 1910
Place & Date Used: Receiving House, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
References: Information in exhibit


Julia Baber Posted on 07 Dec 2009 10:05 AM
Why was Louisa Lawson placed in the Hopital for the insane?
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Dec 2009 2:22 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Julia, are you referring Louisa Lawson, suffragist and mother of Henry Lawson? She died in Gladesville Mental Hospital in Sydney. She had apparently suffered mental health issues in about 1905 and when she entered the hospital her memory was failing. State Records NSW hold the records for this hospital and may have her records: http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/resources-for/family-historians/asylum-records More can be found about Louisa at http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100019b.htm and there is a biography about her: Louisa, by Brian Matthews (McPhee Gribble, 1987)

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