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Holmes, Bayard Taylor. Third Annual Report of Dementia Praecox Studies
Crerar Ms 99
Special Collections Research Center
Consists of correspondence between Holmes and various individuals on the subject of mental illness. Includes a letter from Norman P. Willard to Dr. Vincent on Holmes's work in dementia praecox. Also contains reports. In addition to dementia praecox, topics refer to laboratory buildings in Cook County, Illinois, and guidelines for establishing a medical history of mentally ill patients.
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Bayard Taylor Holmes was born in North Hero, Vermont in 1852. He received a BS from the Paw Paw Institute, near Aurora Illinois, in 1874. After teaching for several years in Illinois schools, in 1883, he received an MD from Chicago’s Homeopathic Medical College. Holmes also studied and interned at Cook County Hospital and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and remained associated with both institutions as a physician and educator in later years.
Holmes was publicly active as an advocate of improved medical education and as a lecturer on public health at Hull House. In 1895, he was the Populist Party candidate for Mayor of Chicago. He retired teaching and medical practice in 1908, to care for his son Ralph, who suffered from “dementia praecox,” the contemporary term for schizophrenia. Holmes also devoted his retirement to research and writing about schizophrenia. He died in 1924 in Fairhope, Alabama.
Consists of correspondence between Holmes and various individuals on the subject of mental illness. Includes a letter from Norman P. Willard to Dr. Vincent on Holmes's work in dementia praecox. Also contains reports. In addition to dementia praecox, topics refer to laboratory buildings in Cook County, Illinois, and guidelines for establishing a medical history of mentally ill patients. Includes extended typescript letter from Norman P. Willard to Dr. Vincent, on Holmes' work in Dementia Praecox; II) Typescript report, "Cook County Hospital Dementia Pracox Studies," followed by holograph notes; III) Typed report by Dr. John Nuzum, et al., "Outline of Conditions of a Laboratory Building or Buildings for the Laboratories of Cook County," T.Ms.S., 1917, and second typed copy of the same report, both with holograph annotations; IV) Typescript guidelines by Dr. R.J. Dowell, for establishing medical history of mental patients. (In 1917, Dementia Praecox Studies became the official organ of the newly formed Society for the Study of Dementia Praecox.)
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