Essondale Patient File for Hiroshi (Harry) Yamada


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Essondale Patient File for Hiroshi (Harry) Yamada


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1312 FILE 21157
Date(s) 1943
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Hiroshi (Harry) Yamada was admitted on 11 August 1943; diagnosed as a “schizoid catatonic.” Before admission to Essondale, Yamada was admitted to The Ontario Hospital from internment Camp No. 101 Angler. His records indicate that he was "quite upset" over removal his from the coast. The move triggered episodes. Yamada requested to go to Japan (he was born in Vancouver but studied in Japan). In a letter, he thanks hospital for their care, and the care of "all races." Yamada was discharged on 8 October 1947.
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 Hiroshi (Harry) Yamada
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