Riverview Mental Hospital – East Lawn

East Lawn, formerly known as the Female Chronic Wing, was completed on October 2nd of 1929. Overcrowding at the Public House for the Insane in New Westminster was done away with, with the new building creating 360,903 square feet of room for female patients; making it the largest building on the Riverview site. As with […]


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Mental Health Treatments

I realized that in my Riverview/Essondale post, I mentioned quite a few of the treatments for mental illnesses that they used in the early 20th century, which some people might not know what they entail. In this post I will cover the details on hydrotherapy, insulin shock treatment, metrazol therapy, , electroconvulsive therapy, and lobotomies.   […]

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Tranquille Sanatorium/Padova City

History   Tranquille Sanatorium opened in 1907 due to the tuberculosis epidemic (also known as the white plague) at the turn of the century. The area itself, just outside Kamloops city limits, where the North and South Thompson meet and flow into Kamloops Lake was purchased in 1905. The 191 acre area and community built […]

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