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A visit to Brookwood Aslyum in the 19th century
  1. Charlotte Cliffe
  1. National Health Service, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Charlotte Cliffe, Dickson Poon Law School, King’s College London, London WC2R 2LS, UK; charlotte.cliffe{at}

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During a visit to Surrey History museum, I reviewed a number of archived patient notes from the old Brookwood Asylum. Patient notes dating back to the late 19th century. Reading through these prompted considerable sadness as it became clear many patients were incarcerated for several years without contact from the outside world. Often these were patients who had nowhere else to go. …

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