Concentrating on the period from the eighteenth century through to 1948 when the National Health Service was founded and looking in particular at the Victorian era. Using original records, contemporary accounts, photographs, illustrations and case studies of real individuals, she brings the story of the asylums and their patients to life. There are sections on the systems in Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales
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The Town’s Hospital was erected in Clyde Street to act as a work house, old folk’s home, orphanage, asylum and infirmary. A burial ground for inmates was opened next to the Hospital in Dunlop Street, and the first interment took place in 1733.