'Registry of Admissions Books'

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BOO 6/2/3 'Registry of Admissions Books':-
This series was begun under the requirements of The Lunacy Act (Statute 8 and 9 Victoria cap. 100), in 1845. These were books in a printed format which had to be used at all Asylums after this date. They are the main record of admissions after 1845, and are reasonably full in the detail they provide about patients and their condition. These registers had to be kept reliably and were subject to inspection by the Lunacy Commissioners. It was probably their similarity to the 'Registers of Cases' (BOO 6/2/2 above) which led to the latter series being abandoned after running parallel for a few years after 1845. The original series, however, (BOO 6/2/1 above) may have been kept for longer as a means of revealing the numbers of totally new patients (ie not repeat admissions) rather than merely the total admissions per year as recorded in the Registry of Admissions Books.
Number; date of admission; date of previous admission; name; sex; private or pauper; age; marital status; occupation; abode; county, union or parish to whom chargeable; by whose authority sent; dates of medical certificates and by whom signed; bodily condition; name of bodily disorder if any; form of mental disorder; supposed cause; epileptic or congenital idiot; duration of existing attack; previous attacks; discharge or death; recovered relieved or improved; observations. (Note that after the Asylum took over the City of York pauper patients in 1861 there are two sets of books, one for paupers and one for private patients - see below. No paupers were taken after 1906. From 1890 a separate book covers voluntary boarders)

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