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A HISTORY OF THE ASYLUMS FOR THE INSANE IN MICHIGAN

BY HENRY M. HURD, M. D.

In March of the same year Governor Croswell, in anticipation of the completion of the build-Ing, had appointed a board of trustees, consisting of the building board, with the addition of ex-Governor H. P. Baldwin. In August, 1878, the institution was formally opened by the transfer of 221 patients from the asylum at Kalamazoo. During the winter which followed it became apparent that the accommodations of the institution would not be sufficient for the necessities of the insane of the State, and the legislature consequently appropriated about $23,000 for extensions and additional furniture to provide accommodations for 430 patients in the aggregate. Notwithstanding these measures, in ¦sthe summer of 1879, the asylum became so crowded that the trustees found it "necessary to fit up an unoccupied attic in connection with the female department.
The legislature of 1881, for a like reason, authorized the fitting up of a similar attic for male patients, and appropriated $75,000 for the erection of new wings to accommodate 150 patients. These wings were begun in June, 1881, and finished and occupied within a year. In 1885 two hospital buildings, with a capacity of seventy-five or eighty, were authorized by the legislature and erected. In 1887 the legislature authorized the purchase of additional land and the erection of two detached buildings, known as "cottages, " for the accommodation of one hundred patients of the quiet class, who are in a proper state of mind to live apart from the close asylum, and could have many of the comforts and surroundings of ordinary home life. These buildings were erected during the past year, and at the present writing are in successful operation. The cost of the Eastern Michigan Asylum to date has been $714 899.18.

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