Show Summary Details
Page of

Change and Continuity in Psychiatry: One Woman’s Reflections 

Change and Continuity in Psychiatry: One Woman’s Reflections
Chapter:
Change and Continuity in Psychiatry: One Woman’s Reflections
Author(s):

Claire Murdoch

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198785484.003.0023
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 28 January 2022

This chapter offers a recollection of training and working as a nurse in Friern Barnet Hospital during the 1980s. As the era of the Victorian asylum drew to a close, the possibility of new and improved approaches to mental health provision loomed. Murdoch offers a personal account of working within and challenging the status quo. She describes prevailing policy and practice and a sense of the struggle to usher in the new while respecting and learning from the old. She offers insights into the contradictory permissiveness of the day, and the tolerance and celebration of eccentric and endearing aspects of life in the asylum. Murdoch conveys how much has changed and points to constant features in the search for effective, humane treatments over the three decades. Stigma, funding, freedom, responsibility, and structures to support care in the community all remain constants.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.