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Memories of madness: the County of Lancaster Asylum, Rainhill, 1890

  • Richard C. Barnes (a1)
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An account of the thoughts of a fictional Assistant Medical Officer (AMO) on duty at the County of Lancaster Asylum, Rainhill in 1890 is given. It is based on the contemporary case records and other literary sources and is as factually accurate as possible. However, any similarity to persons living or dead is coincidental and unintentional.

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Regan, M. (1986) A Caring Society: a study of lunacy in Liverpool and South-West Lancashire from 1650 to 1948. St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority.
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Memories of madness: the County of Lancaster Asylum, Rainhill, 1890

  • Richard C. Barnes (a1)
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