Dangerous Asylums

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Stories from Denbigh Mental Hospital Told by Leading Welsh Writers

Glenda Beagan, Carys Bray, A. L. Reynolds, Manon Steffan Ros, Simon Thirsk, Elaine Walker, Gee and David Williams

Contributing editor: Rob Mimpriss

10th October 2016   £7.95 12.7×20.3 cm   136pp ISBN-10: 1534608656   ISBN-13: 978-1534608658

A successful London Welshman after the Great War tells his grand-daughter of the madness that infects the family blood. A former inmate at Denbigh Asylum throws herself under a train. A woman made notorious by killing her own child prepares herself for release, and a businesswoman touring a derelict hospital is troubled by the lingering horrors of its past.
When Denbigh Hospital was opened in 1848, it was considered one of the most progressive and humane institutions in Wales, yet it was dogged by over-crowding and rumours of abuse. Now some of the leading writers in Wales tell its story, drawing on the records of patients long dead to give us a portrait of mental illness and care during the Victorian and Edwardian era.

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North Wales Mental Health Research Project Department of Psychological Medicine, Hergest Unit, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2PW