Insane Asylum Population

Pennsylvania Institute for Feeble-Minded Children Drum and Bugle Corps, circa 1900

Pennsylvania Institute for Feeble-Minded Children Drum and Bugle Corps, circa 1900

The Canton Asylum for Insane Indians had a fairly stable population, since so many patients had epilepsy or other chronic conditions. Dr. Hummer also felt that “defectives” should not be released even if they were doing well under his care, as they could have problems later.

In 1927, Hummer had a number of patients who did not fit the profile of most asylum patients. Amelia Moss was 10 years old, Henry Frenier was 12, Richard Fairbanks and E.F. Mahkimetass were 14. Winona Faribault (born to patient Elizabeth Faribault) was 9 months old, and had been already diagnosed as an imbecile.

Kentucky Institute for Feeble Minded Children

A Case of Paralysis in an Insane Child, 1899, courtesy National Institutes of Health

A Case of Paralysis in an Insane Child, 1899, courtesy National Institutes of Health

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