Excerpt from Sessional Papers, Vol. 30: Part III., Fourth Session, Eighth Legislature of the Province of Ontario; Session 1897-8
As the increases or decreases, as shown in tabulated form, are, no doubt, the surest means of estimating the progress and determining the present position of the work in caring for the insane, the first point of interest in this regard is the comparative increase of admissions for the year ending 30th September last. The number admitted during the previous year ending September 30th, 1896, was 763, whereas, for the year under report there has been 905 admitted, or an increase of 142. For the past five years the admissions have averaged 793, or 112 per annum less than the year just closed In two years, however, during the past decade the admissions have exceeded those of the past year, namely, during 1891 and 1895, when there were 928 and 968 received in the years named respectively.
The increased admissions have resulted in a marked increase of the number of patients in daily residence for the past 3 ear. During 1896 there was an aver age Oi lunatics, and in 1897 or an increase 'of 138.
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