Pyschiatric wards #usa

Jackie Wasserstein

My paternal grandmother died in Manhattan State Hospital on Wards Island.  The death certificate states that she was on Ward O.B. 1 (I?).  Does anybody know what O.B. means?v  I'm just looking for clues as to the reason she was admitted to Manhattan State Hospital.
Jackie Wasserstein
East Meadow, New York


The usual medical meaning of OB is Obstetrics. That seems unlikely in this context, but I know nothing about the place, so it might be.

Robert Roth
Kingston, NY


Possibly "Open Bed" - an Open unit is one not used for patients in crisis.

I had a few ancestors there, one was discharged and I knew her when I was young. We don't know why she was there, possibly related to her mother's death when she was 9. The other was a long-term drug addict.
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania), Wald and Grunfeld (Secovce, Slovakia fka Galszecs)

Michele Lock

The facebook group 'New York City Genealogy' has posts about people trying to get the medical records of their relatives who were in NY state hospitals. You could check the discussion board of that group to see what is involved in trying to get those records. At least you are a direct descendent of the patient in question.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus


O.B. usually means obstetrics.  You might be able to find a history of this hospital to make sure that is true in this case.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC