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San Anselmo Herald
Saturday, October 5, 1912
Julius Schulken Scalded to Death
Julius Schulken who recently conducted a coal and feed store in San Anselmo, and who was sent up to the Napa Asylum four months ago by Judge Zook, was so severely scalded in that institution on Sunday afternoon that he died on Wednesday, without recovering consciousness. The evidence that has been submitted in regard to this case is exceedingly damaging to the institution.
The attendant in charge at the time of the fatal accident declares that he had turned on the hot and cold faucet at t he same time, and that the patience fell into the scalding water. Another nurse testified that if the hot and cold faucet had been turned on together, that it would have been impossible for the water to have been perilously hot.
Nurses and attendants testified under oath that Mr. Schulken had been grossly neglected after his injuries; that his wounds had been superficially dressed and t hat the carelessly adjusted bandages were left on without further attention for forty-eight hours, when the exigency of the case required frequent renewals of the dressing; ; Mr. Schulkenís son, who went to the hospital to visit his father, testified that the bandages and dressings had nearly all worked off, leaving his raw flesh exposed.
He received no surgical attention from Sunday afternoon until three hours before he died on Wednesday. A son of the deceased, Walter Schulken has declared his intention of bringing suit against the hospital.
Nurses and attendants testified to great brutality in the handling of patients, declaring that they were beaten with leather straps and with broom sticks.
Mr. Schulken was 57 years old; he was not insane, but owing to recent business worries, he had recurrent attacks of mental trouble, and it was decided that treatment for nervous disorder would be the best thing that could be secured for him.
Mrs. Schulken is in San Francisco, where the interment will take place.
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