Essondale Patient File for Tokumatsu Hiranaka


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Essondale Patient File for Tokumatsu Hiranaka


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1290 FILE 22266
Date(s) 1944
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Tokumatsu Hiranaka was admitted to Essondale 9 December 1941 and died 11 December 1944 of chronic myocarditis at age 73. Next of kin were unknown, and his affairs were handled by the BCSC. He was diagnosed with senile dementia. He was previously admitted to Tashme hospital in September 1944 for hypertension. The patient immigrated to Canada 19 years prior to his death, and had worked in a cannery. Tashme was listed as his permanent residence. Ward notes indicate that the BCSC was notified upon the patient’s death and arranged his funeral. Admission paper indicate that the patient’s hospitalization fee was covered under the policy of the BCSC.
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 Tokumatsu Hiranaka
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