Where did the patients come from?
The Friends Hospital collection's Minutes and Register of the Committee of Admission, 1817-1856 provides valuable information about where the Asylum's earliest patients came from. A majority of the patients lived in the Philadelphia area prior to admittance. However, over time, the Asylum began to treat patients from the reaches of the United States at the time, as well as Canada, France, and Britain. The Friends’ Asylum often treated patients who came from the same place, establishing recognition and reputation throughout certain regions. The interactive map shows the increase in patients over time and some of the "hubs" which sent multiple patients to the Asylum. Drag the slider below to view patients' hometowns in a particular year. The size of each marker represents the number of patients sent from each location, and the color represents the year.