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Broadmoor: An Inside Story

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Since 1863 Broadmoor Hospital has housed some of the most dangerous men and women in Britain, including Peter Sutcliffe, Ronnie Kray, and the 'Teenage Poisoner' Graham Young. The Victorians were proud of Broadmoor, believing it to be a progressive innovation, intended for criminals deemed too 'insane' to be held fully responsible for their actions. By the start of the 20th century the hospital was terribly overcrowded: and had become a secretive and scary place. In the 1970s, two nurses exposed practices including violent assaults on patients by staff and the punitive prescription of highly toxic drugs. There were questions asked in Parliament - and a new Mental Health Act resulted. Harvey Gordon, one of the world's leading forensic psychiatrists, is the first Medical Director of Broadmoor to write its history. His inside story deals with the hospital's past and very different present, unflinching in its descriptions of Broadmoor's darkest secrets - and the improvements their exposure led to.With case studies of some of the hospital's most notorious and deadly inmates, Broadmoor: An Inside Story is a comprehensive history of a controversial place, where medicine and law enforcement meet.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHealth systems & servicesMental health servicesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyOffenders Publisher: Psychology News Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/09/2011 ISBN-13: 9780907633280  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Harvey Gordon worked at Broadmoor as a consultant psychiatrist for close to twenty years, and served as Medical Director for eight years prior to his retirement. He is a frequent contributor to The British Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, and many other journals. He is a recognised world expert on sex offenders and the link between road traffic accidents and mental health, and has written extensively on the portrayal of mental illness in Biblical and Talmudic literature. Dr Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists amd holds an Honorary Senior Lectureship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. Broadmoor: An Inside Story is his first book.

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