Robert Burns Hospital

In April of 1923, 30-year-old Daisy Singerland died at Chicago’s Robert Burns Hospital from complications of a criminal abortion performed earlier that day.

In June, Dr. J.W. Lipscomb was indicted for felony murder in Daisy’s death.

Robert Burns Hospital was founded in 1907 by three Scottish American physicians: Alexander A. Whamond, Fred G. Whamond, and Joseph Mills. They had wanted to build “a practical and substantial memorial” to the Scottish poet, and told the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1913 that the hospital was “designed to be free to the poorer patients and especially to Scotchmen.” It had a capacity of 25 beds.