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On the Richmond Asylum Schools

  • D. Hack Tuke

Among the reminiscences of the Annual Meeting of the Association held in Dublin, the visit to the Richmond District Lunatic Asylum will, I believe, be not the least interesting and instructive. To myself the schools which are in active operation there under Dr. Lalor were of deep interest, and I venture to think that some useful hints may be gathered from what we witnessed on the occasion. Indeed so valuable did the system pursued appear to me to be, that I stayed another day in Dublin in order to see more of the working of the schools, and to obtain further particulars. I propose briefly to note down for the benefit of others what I saw and heard. The education of lunatics is no new thing. At an early period school teaching was introduced into some American asylums. Dr. Earle was foremost in this good work. Thirty years ago Dr. Brigham spoke of the great advantages which had resulted from winter classes in the State Asylum pear Utica, New York.* Asylum schools are also to be found on the Continent.

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* Dr. Kirkbride writes me that at the Pennsylvania Hospital, “in place of a regular schoolroom, the teachers, or as we more commonly call them ‘Companions' to the patients, visit them in the different wards and give their instruction by reading and conversation. This they do regularly every day, and in all the wards. I have always felt that a well-organised school would be valuable in any large hospital as a useful occupation of the mind.”

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On the Richmond Asylum Schools

  • D. Hack Tuke
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