The Maine State Hospital first opened on October 14, 1840. The hospital's first superintendent was Cyrus Knapp and Isaac Ray served as superintendent from 1841 to 1844. By December 31, 1840, 30 patients were admitted. Treatment methods in that first year included prayer and Bible reading, farm labor, good food and clean living conditions.
from Street, W. R. (1994). A Chronology of Noteworthy Events in American
Psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.