Light therapy is a recognized treatment for sleep phase disorders in the general population. Exposure to natural light can be a powerful means of correcting people's sleep/wake pattern. Although sleep problems in the learning-disabled population are common, research is limited. Light therapy has not to our knowledge been studied in this population. We… (More)
John Haslam's description of James Tilly Matthews is the earliest clear description of schizophrenia in British psychiatric writing. Matthew's life and symptomatology are described. The reasons why there are few unambiguous contemporary accounts of schizophrenia are explored. Schizophrenia was probably first described in Britain during the Georgian period… (More)
A man temporarily developed an organic personality change, psychosis and epilepsy after a frontal lobe operation for a subarachnoid haemorrhage. While affected, he set fire to his house. The arson is thought to have been a direct result of a seizure. The case and its legal management are discussed.
We report results of compositional analyses of 16 new lunar meteorite stones for which names have been approved since our report of last year and speculate about pairing relationships on the basis of composition and preliminary petrographic data. Lunar meteorites are a valuable opportunity to expand our lunar sample library. We have conducted preliminary… (More)
The Bath Institution for Idiot Children and those of Weak Intellect was founded in 1846 by Miss Charlotte White, and opened in April 1846 in two rooms with a resident matron and three pupils. It was unique amongst the Idiot Asylums in being managed by women. In time it became similar to any small private idiot home but the Commissioners in Lunacy forced its… (More)
In 1844 the Poor Law Commissioners followed up a dispute with the Guardians of Leicester Union regarding the care of Pauper Lunatics by appointing Dr Samuel Hitch, an Assistant Poor Law Commissioner, to survey the treatment and condition of the pauper insane in Leicester and Birmingham Workhouses. At Leicester he exceeded his brief and surveyed the 13… (More)
Thomas Arnold was one ofthe most prominent alienists in England at the end ofthe eighteenth century, but he has passed into comparative obscurity and little has been written about him.' Recently there has been a reawakening of interest in eighteenth-century psychiatry,2 and his publications have again generated interest. However, his own life and his… (More)