Biennial Report of the Supervisors of the Insane for the State of Vermont for the Years 1904-1906.

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Title

Biennial Report of the Supervisors of the Insane for the State of Vermont for the Years 1904-1906.

Subject

psychiatric hospitals
insane asylums
history of madness

Description

The Report for the 1904-1906 Biennium places a new emphasis on the medical and scientific treatment on inmates. It reads in part:

The old term ‘Asylum’ has been discarded by legislative enactment, and the word ‘Hospital’ substituted.
The general appearance and conduct of the institution is that of a hospital in fact, rather than a place of confinement only.
Each case is carefully classified and diagnosed, and such treatment carried out as the case may require. (p. 7)

The Report also acknowledges the violent death of Peter Durant, an inmate, at the hands of two male attendants, on November 1, 1905. Committed to the Hospital on October 28, 1905, Durant spoke only French and was confused and distressed, or as the Report described him, “He was resistive, obstinate, and hard to manage at times” (p. 9). The attendants were arrested (though only one showed up for court), prompting the Board of Supervisors to “commend the Superintendent in his determination to prosecute nurses who offend the law by maltreating patients” (p. 10). No more was said of the murdered inmate, Peter Durant.

Creator

State of Vermont

Source

Google Books

Publisher

The Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont.

Date

1906

Contributor

Holly Allen

Rights

public domain

Format

pdf

Language

English

Type

report

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