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September 11th 2012:Remembrance of Psychiatric Patients Past

Dr. Geoffrey Reaume is Associate Professor in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program at York University where he’s taught since 2004. His work as historian, author, video producer and playwright are all informed by his experiences as a psychiatric patient as a teenager and young adult. He explains the medical diagnosis he was given as a young person and how it affected his life. He discusses the history of treatment of people whose medical diagnoses led to confinement in asylums. He says what he learned from his examination of the Toronto Hospital’s medical files, 1870 to 1940. He s

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Dr. Geoffrey Reaume

Dr. Geoffrey Reaume is Associate Professor in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program at York University where he has taught since 2004. His research is informed by his experiences as a psychiatric in-patient and out-patient as a teenager and young adult. He has been involved in the psychiatric survivor/consumer community in Toronto since 1990. His doctoral dissertation was published as Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940. He is a co-founder of Psychiatric Survivor Archives, Toronto (founded 2001). Since 2000 he has given over 100 history tours of the patient built nineteenth century Toronto Asylum boundary walls, now marked b
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