Insanity

Photo:Harpenden Hall c1848

Harpenden Hall c1848

Harpenden Hall Asylum - an early advertisement c1848

From Eric Brandreth's collection

One of the most common forms of this disease unfits the Patient for general society, but still more unfits him for that strict confinement to which he must be necessarily exposed in a large asylum.

There are many also, who having been thus confined, are so improved that a change into the green fields and country air would probably restore them quite.  Their friends are unable, however, to procure this for them without risking their safety, and depriving them of peculiar medical experience which their cases may still require.

A medical gentleman (formerly pupil to Sir George Tuthil and Dr Munro), who resides an easy distance from London, in one of the most retired and beautiful villages in England, offers to any such, an easy chair by his own fireside, horse or carriage exercise, and the personal attendance by some fit member of his family in the walks and rides about him.  By this treatment he has cured those pronounced incurable, and after recovery, some who have come to him as patients, have continued to reside with him as friends.

This one fact speaks volumes!  His references are of the first description, and terms suited to the wants and means of the party applying.

A Treatise upon Insanity, price One Shilling, embodying his experience and treatment, and pointing out the premonitory symptoms, may be had by applying to J Q RUMBALL, Surgeon, Harpenden Hall, St Albans, Herts

This page was added by David Hinton on 05/10/2010.

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