Rule book for the City of Cardiff Mental Hospital

Made:
1919 in Cardiff
author:
Morgan Thomas
modifier:
E Shortt
City of Cardiff Mental Hospital (Whitchurch) Rules, 1919.
      Full view of front cover, graduated grey background. City of Cardiff Mental Hospital (Whitchurch) Rules, 1919.
      Detail view of first page of Rule book. Graduated grey

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City of Cardiff Mental Hospital (Whitchurch) Rules, 1919. Full view of front cover, graduated grey background.
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City of Cardiff Mental Hospital (Whitchurch) Rules, 1919. Detail view of first page of Rule book. Graduated grey
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City of Cardiff Mental Hospital (Whitchurch, Glamorgan) Rules, 1919

Rules and regulations for the City of Cardiff Mental Hospital are in this book, published in 1919. It outlines penalties for ill-treating patients. This indicates an increasing awareness of the ‘rights’ of patients with mental illness after the First World War. The rules state no patient should be struck or placed in restraints or in seclusion, except in cases of extreme violence. An attendant caught carrying out such acts would be dismissed.

The institution was run under strict security. Patients’ mail was searched for contraband such as alcohol or sharp instruments and letters were read. Patients were allowed some freedoms. Those with a ‘special trade’ were employed outside the main hospital buildings. Publications of a ‘cheerful nature’ were supplied for the rest. The rule book was published by S. Glossop and Son, of New Street, Cardiff.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1981-103
Materials:
card, complete and paper (fibre product)
Measurements:
overall: 3 mm x 121 mm x 176 mm, .032 kg
height: 180mm
width: 120mm
type:
booklet
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Institute of Psychiatry