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A HISTORY OF THE ASYLUMS FOR THE INSANE IN MICHIGAN

BY HENRY M. HURD, M. D.

It now furnishes accommodations for 800 patients, and architecturally is regarded as one of the most pleasing and best appointed buildings for the care of the insane in the northwest.
THE HISTORY OF THE NORTHERN MICHIGAN ASYLUM
The movement for the erection of the Northern Michigan Asylum grew out of a series of resolutions adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Asylum for the Insane and the Eastern Michigan Asylum, in a joint session held at Kalamazoo in May, 1880. As these resolutions give the reasons for the erection of an additional institution so clearly, they are copied in full: Whereas, The following facts have been brought to our attention, to wit
1st. That the normal capacity of the present asylums for the insane is for only nine hundred patients, while ten hundred and eighty-two are now under treatment, and the yearly increase is about one hundred and seventy per annum.
2d. That several hundred insane persons in this State are still outside of its asylums and are necessarily denied admission.
3rd. That all the dependent insane under treatment are fast becoming State patients, the expense of whose maintenance under the wise provisions of the present law is paid by State tax.
4th. That great injustice is being done to many of the counties of the State by obliging them to support their insane by county tax while paying their proportion of the State tax for the maintenance of State patients.
5th. That those patients who are unable to obtain admission are suffering from want of proper treatment, while their property and that of the persons and counties chargeable with their support is being taxed for the support of patients now in the asylums.

MICHIGAN ASYLUMS


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