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Broadmoor Hospital opened in 1863 and has always admitted patients who would otherwise have been in the prison system. Mark Stevens discovers some of the patients' stories, and takes a journey behind the walls of Victorian Broadmoor, England's first Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Mark Stevens is a professional archivist at the Berkshire Record Office who has been looking after the Broadmoor Hospital archive since 2004.
The naval medical officers' journals of ADM 101 provide a coherent view of the beliefs and practices of a body of rank and file medical practitioners during the late 18th and 19th centuries. They provide a valuable source for examining key themes in the history of medicine in the 19th century, such as encounters with tropical diseases and the changing understanding of the causes of disease. The thorough cataloguing of the series has now made it possible to trace individual patients. This talk will analyse a sample of the records to explore these themes.