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From Lunatic Asylum to Community Care

Hugh Purcell, Margaret Percy

How were the mentally ill treated in hospital in mid-century Wales? At first with fresh air and bromide, and later with brain surgury, drugs, and electric shocks. Now, the Mid Wales Hospital lies empty, a ruined monument to how we treated the sick.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Y Lolfa
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781784615918
Pages : 208
Stock Status : In stock


Tells how the mentally ill were treated in 20th century Wales through the Mid Wales Mental Hospital, which began as a lunatic asylum and closed when community care took over 100 years later. It was the only UK hospital for psychotic POWs in World War II, including, briefly, the Deputy Fhrer Rudolf Hess. This account is based on original archives and oral testimony, and is copiously illustrated. The book places in a wide context: life in a lunatic asylum, the treatment of shell shock in two world wars, heavy ECT and deep sleep treatment; then the increasing reliance on drugs and various therapies before the emergence of community care

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