|Joseph Walsh (1909-1931)|
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Civil Record: Joseph Walsh born on February 26, 1910 to Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan. Public access to births in the New York City Archives only goes up to 1909, so I was unable to obtain this birth certificate. The date of Joseph's birth was taken from Joseph, Senior's naturalization papers.Death: Joseph Walsh, white male, single, age, 21, electrician, the son of Joseph W. Walsh and Margaret Langan died on July 7, 1931 of "Depressed, Compound, Comminuted Fracture of Skull; Laceration of Brain." Joseph was buried in Calvary Cemetery on July 11, 1931. The death was ruled a suicide (New York Death Record 17556 for 1931)
The Medical Examiner's Return listed the following information:
Accident, suicide, or homicide? Suicide Date of injury July 7, 1931The undertaker stated that
The coroner's report on the death of Joseph Walsh contained three pages
Manhattan State Hospital
Manhattan State Hospital (Ward's Island, New York City) was opened in 1899. At the time, it was the largest psychiatric hospital in the world. It became the Manhattan Psychiatric Center.
The site is now part of Ward's Island Park and administered by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Most of these early mental institutions were little more than human warehouses. Antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs had not been developed and hospitals had nothing to offer patients except custodial care.
Dementia praecox: Latin dmentia, dementia + Latin praecox, premature.
The term is no longer in scientific use. The most likely diagnosis today would be Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is described as a group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, grossly disorganized thinking, delusions, and hallucinations. It is often accompanied by emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disturbances.
Schizophrenics are at higher risk of suicide the normal population. 30% to 40% of schizophrenics attempt suicide at some point in their lifetime. In fact, suicide is the most common cause of premature death among people with schizophrenia.
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