Essondale Patient File for Suyeno Imada


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Essondale Patient File for Suyeno Imada


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1281 FILE 22678
Date(s) 1945
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Suyeno Imada was admitted from New Denver on 2 June 1945 diagnosed as a manic depressive. Imada had TB and arrived at New Denver Sanatorium from Taber. She also had relatives at Slocan. All information concerning her admission to Essondale was sent through the BC Security Commission. The BCSC also arranged a private burial for her upon her death from pulmonary tuberculosis.
Name of creator
British Columbia. Mental Health Services created this archive which were transferred to the BC Archives from 1987 to 2000.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Essondale Patient File for Suyeno Imada
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