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The hospital building is located at Tarrytown, N. Y., about one mile south of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad station, at Paulding avenue, on the banks of the Hudson river.


With this I beg to transmit to you the report of the Surgeonin-Chief of the New York State Hospital for the Care of Crippled and Deformed Children for the year ending September 30, 1901, said year being actually the ten months during which the hos pital has been in existence.

This report, I would add, has been submitted to the Board of Managers and adopted and approved by them.

I am, dear Sir,

Very faithfully yours,


The Hon. WILLIAM R. STEWART, President,

December 23, 1901.



To the Board of Managers, New York State Hospital for the Care of Crippled and Deformed Children:

Gentlemen. I submit for your consideration the following report of the hospital under your care for the ten months ending September 30, 1901.

As this is the first formal presentation of the work which will reach the public, it seems wise to refer to the early history of the hospital.

In the autumn of 1897 the Hon. William Rhinelander Stewart, then President of the National Conference of Charities and Correction, asked the writer of this report to make an address before the conference which met in May, 1898, "On the Care of Crippled and Deformed Children." An essay was prepared and presented on this occasion, in which the history of the work performed in this country and abroad among the crippled and deformed children was reviewed, and the following suggestion was made: "And why should not the State aid in such an effort? A strictly dependent, and even to-day a much neglected class is being only half cared for by the excellent medical institutions established for its relief. The educational and charitable systems of the State should be adapted to meet the demands of this class of crippled and deformed as fully as are those for the deaf, the dumb, the blind, or the insane. A child with a curable deformity demanding prolonged treatment should be treated as well as taught until he is fully recovered, and not, when convalescence is fairly established, and he is sure with proper care to recover, be sent out of the hospital to relapse after a few weeks or months, and to become ultimately a more or less useless member of society, perhaps a permanent burden upon the State."

*Read before the Board of Managers of the hospital at a special meeting held December 23, 1901. Approved and ordered sent to the State Board of Charities.

When this address was delivered its author did not know that in the winter of 1897 a bill had been introduced into and passed by the Legislature of Minnesota through the instrumentality of Dr. Arthur J. Gillette, of St. Paul, Minnesota, appropriating $5,000 a year for two years "for the relief of indigent crippled children of the State of Minnesota." It is a pleasure to report that Dr. Gillette's efforts have been most successful, and that at the last Legislature a sum of $15,000 was appropriated for the present year's work.

In the latter part of the year 1899 a bill incorporating the New York State Hospital for the Care of Crippled and Deformed Children was prepared by Mr. J. Adriance Bush and the writer and introduced into the State Legislature with the approval of Governor Roosevelt. These initiatory steps were fortunate in securing the cordial and impartial co-operation and wise counsel of the Hon. B. B. Odell, Jr. The act was signed by Governor Roosevelt on April 11, 1900. Fifteen thousand dollars was appropriated for the purpose of equipping the hospital and for the first year's maintenance. Under the provisions of the act the Governor appointed the following Managers: The Right Reverend Henry C. Potter, D. D., J. Adriance Bush, George Blagden, Jr., J. Hampden Robb and Dr. Newton M. Shaffer. At a meeting called for organization in the latter part of April, 1900, Bishop Potter was made president, Mr. Blagden was elected secretary and treasurer, and Dr. Shaffer was appointed chairman of the executive committee.

A commodious house on the banks of the Hudson river at Tarrytown, N. Y., was leased, and converted into a building arranged for hospital purposes. This was done with private funds raised by the writer. Over $5,000 was thus expended, the contributors being Mr. Edward Severin Clark, Mr. Joseph Milbank, Mr. George Blagden, Jr., and the surgeonin-chief. Organization matters were pushed with much energy, especially by Mr. Bush, Mr. Blagden of the board of managers and Drs. Fitzhugh and Scott of the medical staff, and always with the hearty co-operation of the President of the Board of Managers and Mr. Robb. On December 5, 1900, the hospital was opened for the reception of patients, on which date four patients entered the hospital.

The Board of Managers appointed a consulting medical staff representing the professors of surgery and medicine in the following medical colleges of the State, viz., the College of Physi cians and Surgeons, New York city; the Cornell University Medical College, New York city; the University-Bellevue Medical College, New York city; the Buffalo Medical College, Buffalo, N. Y.; the Long Island Medical College, Brooklyn, N. Y.; the Albany Medical College, Albany, N. Y., and the Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. In addition, two prominent orthopaedic surgeons, one residing in New York city and one in Rochester, N. Y., and a prominent practitioner of Tarrytown, N. Y., were appointed on the consulting staff.

The active medical staff consists of three officers-a surgeonin-chief, a first assistant surgeon and an assistant surgeon. The surgeon-in-chief is made superintendent by the act of incorpo


One of the active medical staff visits the hospital daily, and any acute illness is attended by Dr. Coutant of Tarrytown, whose office is connected with the hospital by telephone.

The hospital will accommodate 25 patients with the necessary officers, and patients of either sex between 4 and 16 years are received.

During the ten months ending September 30, 1901, 24 patients came under treatment.* Of these, 5 have been discharged, leaving 19 under treatment on October 1, 1901. The average attendance was 13.

The 24 admitted were classified as to disease as follows:

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*February 1, 1902.-The hospital has now 25 patients, all it can accommodate, and there are over 30 applicants on the waiting list.

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