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The temporary asylum in Toronto (1841-1850) or the temporary impossibility of the Asian utopia





The article analyzes the medical discourse of the directors of the Toronto asylum during the period from 1841 to 1850. These administrators gave the asylum the double objective of returning human dignity to the insane and of curing their insanity. Thus, they elaborated policies congruent to this double objective, policies, whéch when subjected to an elaborate analysis are seen to be ambiguous. In addition, a study of the unofficial day practices, reveals the Utopian nature of the official objectives and the veritably unchanged situation of these unfortunate people.

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