The Douglas Mental Health University Institute, as it is known today, is a world leading institute in areas such as epigenetics. It is affiliated with McGill.
djgagnon: Verdun Asylum, circa 1900
Also known as the English Asylum and later, Douglas Hospital. Having researched the ‘state of the art’ in Canada and Britain circa World War One … during this era, I think an asylum was a usually a grim storage facility which generally exacerbated mental conditions. There was scant hope of improvement or discharge.
For example, although some psychiatrists at Craiglockhart had most of ‘the answers’ for Shell Shock (PTSD) during World War One, their findings were not necessarily studied, much less embraced, by other professionals in love with their own or other theories.
When my aunt graduated from her nursing training at Montreal General, she worked at the Douglas Hospital for several years. She had her reasons.
Postcard mailed from St Jerome to Westmount in 1905. In the message, there doesn’t seem to be any association with the photo location or mental health.