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MALE NURSES DEPARTMENT

See note under RET 5/12. The Male Nurses Department was instituted on 19 November 1912 with the same aims as the Trained Nurses Department

ELECTRO-CONVULSANT TREATMENT

The Retreat began cardiazol convulsion therapy in October 1938 following favourable reports of the treatment at the Annual Meeting of the Medico Psychological Association in July 1938.However in 1940 Retreat doctors tried a different method of ind...

INSULIN COMA THERAPY

Insulin coma therapy (insulin shock therapy) was introduced at the Retreat in October 1938 for treatment of patients with schizophrenia and other affective psychosis. This followed favourable reports of the treatment at the Annual Meeting of the M...

THE APPENDAGE, YORK

The Appendage was a house near Walmgate Bar, purchased in 1810 and opened in 1811 as an annexe to the Retreat. It accommodated about a dozen patients who did not need very close confinement. Its acquisition allowed the Retreat to meet the increasi...

MOORLANDS, NEAR YORK

The Retreat bought Moorlands Estate, six miles from York, between Wigginton and Skelton, in 1940. The Estate comprised a house (which was subject to a lease in 1940), grounds, woodlands and two farms. The aim of the purchase was to ensure that aft...

Papers relating to York Lunatic Asylum

These papers all relate to the controversies at York Lunatic Asylum in the early 19th c. Samuel Tuke was one of the reforming party who eventually effected reform in the asylum's staffing and management, and he subsequently became closely inv...

Lectures on psychological medicine given at York Medical School

York Medical School existed between the years 1834 and 1859.From the academic year 1856-7 and up to the School’s closure, students were offered, in the summer session, a course of lectures on ‘Psychological Medicine’, by Daniel Hack Tuke.D.H. Tuke...

Slave trade papers

It is not clear how these few items came to the Retreat: they may have been gathered at the time (the petition is by the Retreat's own servants); but they might have been donated to the Retreat later on, as many papers of historical interest ...

ENQUIRIES INTO PLACES AT THE RETREAT

This correspondence relates to requests for information about the Retreat, the terms on which patients were admitted and the fees paid on behalf of patients. Both incoming and outgoing material is included. The enquiries are arranged by date and a...

RETREAT OPERATING THEATRE

The operation of pre-frontal leucotomy was introduced into the UK in 1943 and in that year six Retreat patients were given pre-frontal-leucotomies.Such operations at the Retreat in the early 1940s were performed by a surgeon from the Department of...

Retreat Psychiatrists' private consulting practice

Retreat psychiatrists also acted as consultants, seeing private patients and patients referred to them by other doctors. Private patients were seen either at the Retreat, or at consulting rooms elsewhere.Such consulting work formally began under D...

Papers relating to the Society of Friends

Some of these are papers found loose among various assortments of other papers. Some relate to individuals with some connection with The Retreat, some relate to topics of interest to, or about, Quakers. They include an original file of papers on Q...

PATIENTS' PAPERS

BackgroundThis section comprises papers by or relating to patients, covering four distinct time periods: the early 19th century, the 1850s to 1870s, the early to mid 1880s, and the early 20th century.The relatively small number of early nineteenth...

PAPERS ON THE HISTORY OF THE RETREAT

This section includes both transcripts made of the Retreat archives, and notes on the history of The Retreat. They were all compiled at the RetreatThe transcripts were probably made mid 20th centuryMost of the papers and notes (unless specified ot...

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