Essondale Patient File for Katsuru Saito


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Essondale Patient File for Katsuru Saito


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1315 FILE 20924
Date(s) 1943
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Katsuru Saito was admitted to Essondale from Kaslo on 29 April 1943; diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Saito had attempted to jump off the boat on her way to Kaslo. File contains reports from the BCSC and a contemporary postcard from Kaslo. Saito died on 31 May 1950 from uremia.
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 Katsuru Saito
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