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'Hatton Asylum' book presented to St Michael's

The book offers an unbiased perspective of living and working in a Victorian asylum. It discusses extensively the care of the mentally ill before and after the asylum era.

Following the closure of Hatton Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. St Michael’s Hospital, which is based in Warwick, is a purpose built facility providing inpatient mental health care for adults of all ages, and is run by our Trust.

Dr Parsey was a pupil of two of the most famous English physicians to the mentally ill; Dr John Conolly and Sir John Bucknill had both been in medical practice in Warwickshire.

Author Alastair Robson said: “I discovered that the ward to which I had been sending patients from my GP surgery in Southam was in fact named after Dr Henry Parsey, the asylum’s first Medical Superintendent.

“I also found he had been widely respected by his colleagues for the excellent care he provided for his patients, and an obituary in the “Lancet” regretted 'that he had been unrecognised by the world at large’.

“After my retirement and some more research, I thought ‘why hasn’t someone written something substantial about the good Doctor before now?’, so I decided it was going to have to be me. I took ‘Unrecognised by the World at Large’ for a title, a deep breath in, and began.”

“The book will appeal to readers interested in the history of medicine and Warwickshire history in general”

‘Unrecognised by the World at Large’ is available directly from Troubador Publishing bookshop (www.troubador.co.uk), local bookshops and Amazon.

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