Neurological Institute patient records


An incomplete set of records of patients seen at the Neurological Institute of New York, 1909-1940 (with gaps). Information in the records varies over time but usually includes patient name, age, sex, profession, nationality or ethnicity, and address; personal and family medical history; description of complaint; diagnosis; treatment; and result. Temperature charts and laboratory reports may also be present, as well as the results of tests of muscular coordination, eyesight, reflexes, and intelligence.

The clinical service at the Neurological Institute was divided into three divisions, but these did not correspond with any particular type of disease or treatment.


Neurological Institute of New York

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Physical Description: 

11.35 cubic feet (1 box and 11 records cartons)



Because the records contain Protected Health Information (PHI) as defined by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), access is allowed only under the terms of Archives and Special Collections’ Access Policy to Records Containing Protected Health Information.

Because of staff constraints and the lack of a name index, Archives & Special Collections cannot search for individual records.  Microfilm of much of Presbyterian’s post-1929 patient records are held by the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Medical Records Department and persons wishing to locate the records of individuals should contact them.

Boxes 2-12 are stored off-site and will take 1-2 days to retrieve. Researchers must call in advance to use the collection.

Cite as: 

Neurological Institute Patient Records, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.