Dr. Daniel Clark
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Actor Sten Eirik
Stephen Bogaert
Seen Crime and Punishment
The Murdoch Trap
Murdochophobia
Gender Male
Status Historical
Job Doctor
Comments This is an article about a fictional representation of an historical character, location or other entity.

Dr. Daniel Clark (1830 - 1912) was a Scottish-born Canadian publisher, author, physician, and medical superintendent of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum in Toronto, first introduced in Season 7 of Murdoch Mysteries portrayed by Stephen Bogaert.

History

Dr. Daniel Clark was elected to the provincial medical council in 1872 and again three years later, and he would serve as its president in 1876 and 1877. Among his many interests, the study of insanity became a specialty, and this skill, together with his professional reputation and the support of the council, led to his appointment in November 1875 as medical superintendent of the Asylum for the Insane in Toronto the retirement of Joseph Workman. Clark directed the administrative and medical affairs of the asylum for the next 30 years.

Clark described his work in the asylum’s annual report to the provincial inspector of prisons, asylums, and public charities, whose findings were published by the Ontario legislature in its sessional papers. Clark’s reports are individual in character and demonstrate an independence of thought not found in modern official publications. Summarizing the major developments in the asylum during the reporting period, they were a vehicle for the superintendent’s ideas on the care of the insane. He was often critical of policies that overloaded the institution with patients and reduced its amenities, for example, the admission of incurables, which diminished the role of the asylum as a curative institution. He urged the development of small cottages as an alternative to crowded ward accommodation and on occasion barely concealed his irritation at official stinginess in providing for his public charges. A stickler for legalities and for evidence, he repeatedly condemned the laxness in examining those suspected of insanity that was clearly demonstrated by ambiguous and sloppy entries on the certificates.¹

Appearances and Mentions

Crime and Punishment

The Murdoch Trap

Murdochophobia

Trivia

  • The role of Dr. Clark is played by two different actors, which is unusual for the series.

Gallery


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