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Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940
Reaume, Geoffrey
University of Toronto Press / Softcover / 2009-01-01 / 1442610751
Psychiatry / Toronto Authors
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362 pages
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Oh that I had wings I would fly like a dove and be at rest I would fly out of this asylum ....' So wrote Ralph M., a patient at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane from 1889 until his death in 1911. Winston O., another inmate at the Toronto asylum, actually sought to build wings like Ralph so longed for. After crafting violins that he played and building from scratch an automobile he was allowed to drive on the hospital grounds, Winston, who spent his last 58 years in the asylum, was reported to be working on the construction of an 'aeroplane'. In Remembrance of Patients Past, historian Geoffrey Reaume chronicles in rich detail the daily life of patients at 999 Queen Street West from 1870 to 1940, examining such aspects as diagnosis and admission, daily routine and relationships, leisure, patients' labour, family and community responses, and discharge and death. Mental patients were at times abused, and they led lives of tedious monotony...

About the Author:

Geoffrey Reaume, Associate Professor, Critical Disability Studies, York University. Professor Reaume was also a Hannah post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology , University of Toronto from 1998-2000. He teaches Mad People's History in the Critical Disability Studies MA program at York University and is one of the organizers of the Psychiatric Survivor Archives of Toronto . He also teaches in Atkinson's School of Health Policy and Management.

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