Remembrance of Patients Past: Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940

By Geoffrey Reaume

© 2000

In Remembrance of Patients Past, historian Geoffrey Reaume remembers previously forgotten psychiatric patients by examining in rich detail their daily life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane (now called the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH) from 1870-1940. Psychiatric patients endured abuse and could lead monotonous lives inside the asylum's walls, yet these same women and men worked hard at unpaid institutional jobs for years and decades on end, created their own entertainment, even in some cases made their own clothes, while forming meaningful relationships with other patients and some staff.

Using first person accounts by and about patients – including letters written by inmates which were confiscated by hospital staff – Reaume weaves together a tapestry of stories about the daily lives of people confined behind brick walls that patients themselves built.

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  • Series: Canadian Social History Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 380 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.2in x 0.8in x 7.9in
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Reaume remembers previously forgotten psychiatric patients by examining in rich detail their daily life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane (now called the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH) from 1870-1940.

Remembrance of Patients Past: Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940

By Geoffrey Reaume

© 2000

In Remembrance of Patients Past, historian Geoffrey Reaume remembers previously forgotten psychiatric patients by examining in rich detail their daily life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane (now called the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH) from 1870-1940. Psychiatric patients endured abuse and could lead monotonous lives inside the asylum's walls, yet these same women and men worked hard at unpaid institutional jobs for years and decades on end, created their own entertainment, even in some cases made their own clothes, while forming meaningful relationships with other patients and some staff.

Using first person accounts by and about patients – including letters written by inmates which were confiscated by hospital staff – Reaume weaves together a tapestry of stories about the daily lives of people confined behind brick walls that patients themselves built.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Canadian Social History Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 380 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.2in x 0.8in x 7.9in
  • Author Information

    Geoffrey Reaume is an associate professor in the Critical Disabilities Studies Graduate Program at York University.

  • Table of contents

    Contents


    Acknowledgements / xi

    1 Introduction: The Physical and Medical Setting / 1

    2 Diagnosis and Admission / 23

    3 Daily Routine and Daily Relationships / 54

    4 Patients' Leisure and Personal Space / 101

    5 Patients' Labour / 133

    6 Family and Community Responses to Mental Hospital

    Patients / 181

    7 Discharge and Death / 209

    8 Conclusion / 244

    Notes / 258

    Bibliography / 323

    Index / 352

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