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A HISTORY OF THE ASYLUMS FOR THE INSANE IN MICHIGAN

BY HENRY M. HURD, M. D.

The step which has thus been taken grew out of the necessity of furnishing additional accommodation for the insane. The trustees of the Michigan Asylum, after most careful investigation of the subject, decided that in no other way could such extension be made so inexpensively and efficiently. Already, similar "colonies" are being planned in connection with asylums in adjoining States. In 1885 an appropriation was made for the erection of a hospital in connection with the male department, and by its completion the asylum at Kalamazoo has been rendered perfectly appointed for the care and treatment of all classes of the insane. The cost of the Michigan Asylum to the present time has been $929,922.47.
THE HISTORY OF THE EASTERN MICHIGAN ASYLUM AT PONTIAC
In 1873 Governor Baldwin in his retiring message called attention to the necessity of providing immediate accommodation for those insane people who were still confined in poor houses and jails, and recommended the appointment of a commission to locate a new asylum, but suggested that no appropriations be made for its erection until after a location had been effected. In bis inaugural message Governor Bagley went a step farther, and in the following vigorous words urged the erection of a new asylum: "And yet our work in this direction is only half done. There are fully as many more of our own insane unprovided for by us, many of them in private asylums in other States; some of them in private asylums in this State; and from three to four hundred in our jails and poor houses.

MICHIGAN ASYLUMS


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