From retreat to health centre: legislation, commercial opportunity and the repositioning of a Victorian private psychiatric hospital


Joseph, A.E. and Moon, G. (2002) From retreat to health centre: legislation, commercial opportunity and the repositioning of a Victorian private psychiatric hospital Social Science & Medicine, 55, (12), pp. 2193-2200. (doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(01)00364-1).

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This paper examines the interplayof commercial imperatives and health care legislation in the survival of a privately owned psychiatric hospital in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Using documentary and archival evidence, we show how the Homewood Retreat (later Sanitarium, and eventuallyHealth Centre) was able to respond to and anticipate legislative developments through the agencyof successive medical superintendents and the structural positioning of the institution as an inextricablyintegrated element in local and provincial mental health provision. Our case studyis used to draw out wider lessons concerning agency, legislative context and treatment modality in the determination of organizational histories. We conclude bynoting the important role of the private sector in ensuring the continued provision of an asylum form of mental health care.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(01)00364-1
ISSNs: 0277-9536 (print)
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Keywords: asylum, private sector, mental health policy, Canada
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ePrint ID: 55389
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December 2002Published
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:43
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55389

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