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Broadmoor Revealed Broadmoor Revealed gives the reader a glimpse behind the walls of England's first Criminal Lunatic AsylumFocused on the Victorian period the book tells the stories of some of the hospital's best known patients There is Edward Oxford who shot at ueen Victoria and Richard Dadd the brilliant artist and murderer of his father There is also William Chester Broadmoor these days is where the most evil insane criminals are incarcerated At it's inception it was both an asylum for those judged mentally ill and for those who were criminally insane After a while these two populations were separated as the former were not violent destructive evil or trying to escape and the latter were all of these things Back then it really was a prison even if it wasn't called that as as some of the population were there for fixed terms after committing an offence and got out whether they had regained their sanity or not and others were there 'at the ueen's pleasure' meaning they weren't getting out until judged sane and maybe not even then As it is todayThere was no treatment available So what did the asylum staff do for these people? That was just one uestion Here are some others What ualifications did the people in charge from the head down need to have? What were their duties apart from guarding the patients? What percentage of the people were from poor middle class or well off backgrounds? Had they always been committed by courts or transferred from other institutions? Could they self commit? Could a doctor or their family commit them? If so in either case could they leave when they felt better? How were the patients housed apart from their rooms were there day rooms canteens exercise yards gymnasiums craft workshops? What sort of food were they given? Were they allowed furniture books or other items from home? Was their work paid in any way and if so could they purchase items? How were they prepared for their release? Who judged them sane or was it matter of just saying they didn't have delusions any ? Were the insane treated differently from the criminally insane apart from separation? In what way? What constituted an easy regime as in some of the housing blocks and what was a restrictive one?There were stories told of some of the patients There was very little background to each one Scarcely a word about their crimes Less about their personalities Nothing at all about their relationships with each other and the prison staffThe author made much of escape attempts a few successful Why were they escaping? Because they were driven to do things by delusions? By a cruel regime by just wanting to be out in the world? When recaptured as most were did they suffer punishment if so what?The book raised far uestions than it answered Because it lacked details about people there was no colour to it and it was a very meh reading experience 2 stars

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FREE PDF î BOOK Broadmoor Revealed À MONEYEXPRESSCARD Â Broadmoor Revealed gives the reader a glimpse behind the walls of England's first Criminal Lunatic AsylumFocused on the Victorian period the book tells the stories of some of the hospital's best known patients There is Edward Oxford who shot at ueen Victoria anBirth to life when three of them had previously taken it Then there were the numerous escapes actual and attempted as the first doctors tried to assert control over their residentsThese are stories from the edge of where true crime meets mental illness Broadmoor Revealed recounts what life was like for the criminally insane over one hundred years ago Wow If you are interested in psychiatric history the Victorian era or true crime this book is for youArchivist Mark Stevens works with the Berkshire Records Office and thus has access to the case histories of Broadmoor's inmates its governors and This book is a sampling of case studies including that of painter Richard Dadd whose works hang in the Tate Gallery and William Minor a major contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary births in the asylum and various escape attemptsStevens brings both the concept of moral treatment an idea developed by English uakers to help mental health patients which sounds like something far different from what it is and the life of asylum patients into the light for readers in a way that is interesting and compassionate Moral treatment involved nutritious food rest and useful work at the level that each patient was able to manageBroadmoor not only had mental health patients but also prisoners and there were some management issues between the two very different populations Attempts by Broadmoor's governors to deal with those issues are detailedStevens provides a lovely annotated bibliography at the end of this book so that readers may see the original documents on patients the asylum's history etc from which he workedI have already recommended this outstanding source to people with an interest in the subject matter and have no doubt that I will continue to do so with regularity

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Minor the surgeon from America who killed a stranger in London and then played a key part in creating the world's finest dictionary Finally there is Christiana Edmunds ‘The Chocolate Cream Poisoner’ and frustrated loverTo these four tales are added new ones previously unknown There were five women who went on to become mothers in Broadmoor giving Broadmoor revealed is a fantastic journey in to the world of Lunatics Victorian style The author has sifted through the records of the Broadmoor Asylum to bring us the story of some of its earliest residents He also walks through the early history and development of the institution Broadmoor became the home to those held at her Majesties pleasure those found not guilty of heinous crimes due to insanity Also it was home to your straight lace mad criminals It is a great snapshot of an era and speaks great volumes of the social and political values of the time I thank the author for bringing the cast of colourful inmates and staff back from the mist of time