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November 11, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(20):1240. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450720056022

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ASYLUM INQUIRY IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.  There have been gross irregularities, as the evidence plainly shows—a very grave matter in itself, not only in connection with the management of the institution but also in the conduct of the inquiry. It seems to be notorious that the percentage of cures at this asylum at Falconwood is abnormally small; that trained nurses and a competent resident physician are absolutely necessary; that the food for the patients is very often of an inferior quality; that the heating arrangements are very defective, the inmates often suffering from cold; and that the visits of the trustees have fallen from 100 per annum a few years ago to fourteen in 1898. For the purpose of meeting this inquiry, the government is charged with having mutilated and "cooked" the reports of Dr. Blanchard, the visiting superintendent, especially in 1897 and 1898, when whole pages from his annual

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