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Asylum News: London County Asylums.


At the last meeting of the County Council a report was presented from the Asylums Committee at Banstead which stated that Dr. Claye Shaw had resigned his appointment after twenty-four years' service. The Committee bear testimony to his important and valuable services, and express regret at the loss of so able an officer. A full superannuation allowance was voted to him. The same report also contained the sad information that Miss Orange, M.D., one of the Assistant Medical Officers at Claybury, had been compelled through confirmed illness to vacate her appointment. It appears that Dr. Orange's health had been materially damaged by assaults perpetrated by patients on two occasions, resulting in severe head injuries. A liberal superannuation allowance was granted, the Chairman of the Committee expressing the hope that, despite the grave report, some useful work might yet be in store. Dr. Collins said that he thought this report should not be allowed to pass in silence. He had sat under Dr. Claye Shaw as a lecturer at St. Bartholomew's, and bore emphatic testimony to his eminence as an alienist, as well as to his administrative skill. He expressed the hope that the mature experience of Dr. Claye Shaw would be given to the profession in the shape of some addition to the literature on the pathology of insanity, and added that he felt sure that Dr. Shaw carried into his retirement the good wishes of the County Council. Dr. Collins also bore testimony to the work of Dr. Orange, who, he said, came of a well-known medical family, and he expressed the general regret at the sad illness which had interrupted so promising a career; he added that Londoners should remember the constant valuable services, often at the peril of their health and lives, that the staff of the asylums rendered so ungrudgingly to the community.

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The British Journal of Psychiatry
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