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Better Court Than Coroners: Memoirs from a Duty of Care: v. 2: Lest We Forget...

Better Court Than Coroners: Memoirs from a Duty of Care: v. 2: Lest We Forget... (Paperback)

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Initially an appendix to his first volume, this comprehensive collection of written records and photographs furnishes the documentary evidence for Barone Hopper's exhaustive study of mental health, in Sussex (and the UK), from the late 19th until the early 21st Century. The first two parts primarily focus on the long-term hospital at Graylingwell, Chichester, with detailed abstracts and other essential paperwork covering more than a hundred years of care. Here we peer deep inside the institution, to discover its inner- most workings, covering staff and patients, changes in medical regimes, social and recreational activities, new buildings and equipment -- the 'dry' recording of statistics enlivened by injections of the author's own experiences. The third part is a social history, whose scope ranges in time from the 11th to the late 20th centuries and, in location, from mental hospitals, such as Graylingwell, to almshouses, churches, isolation hospitals, pest houses, poor houses, sanitoriums and workhouse. The two volumes will undoubtedly provide an invaluable, in depth, unique reference.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHealth systems & servicesMental health servicesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial welfare & social servicesCare of the mentally ill Publisher: PerseVerance Publications Publication Date: 07/01/2013 ISBN-13: 9780956991010  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in 1937, Barone Hopper was in care as an evacuee during and after the war, and in 1940 was "bombed out" in the London blitz, which left him homeless for 12 years. His military life, from 1955-67 included national service and a period as a regular in the Royal Engineers, his thirteen months on Christmas Island making him a nuclear veteran. He was later a reservist in the Royal Engineers and a TAVR active reservist in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Early, varied, careers included; working in a Fleet Street photographic agency; as a West End dance teacher and, also, the press office for New Scotland Yard. Having qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse and in psychiatric child care, he became a Social Worker, working in child care, as well as with elderly and handicapped people. For more than thirty years he worked as a specialist psychiatric social worker, both in hospitals and out in the Sussex community. He retired in 2000.

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