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The Second-Oldest State Psychiatric Hospital in the United States
David A. Gorelick, M.D., Ph.D.
Am J Psychiatry 2014;171:691. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14020166
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Dr. Gorelick reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

Accepted March , 2014.

To the Editor: The “Images in Psychiatry” article by de Leon, et al. (1) in the February 2014 issue describes the Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, Ky., opened in 1824, as “the second-oldest state mental hospital in the United States,” after the Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Va., which opened in 1766. However, this statement ignores the Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, Md., which has been continuously operating since it opened in 1797. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry and houses the world-renowned Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (2, 3).

de Leon  J;  Shoemaker  S;  Brenzel  A:  The old and the new Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  Am J Psychiatry 2014; 171:149–150
 
Helsel  DS;  Blank  TJ:  Spring Grove State Hospital (Images of America: Maryland) .  Charleston, SC,  Arcadia Publishing, 2008
 
Spring Grove Hospital Center:  A History of Spring Grove. www.springgrove.com/history.html
 
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de Leon  J;  Shoemaker  S;  Brenzel  A:  The old and the new Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  Am J Psychiatry 2014; 171:149–150
 
Helsel  DS;  Blank  TJ:  Spring Grove State Hospital (Images of America: Maryland) .  Charleston, SC,  Arcadia Publishing, 2008
 
Spring Grove Hospital Center:  A History of Spring Grove. www.springgrove.com/history.html
 
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