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John Conolly (1794–1866)
John Conolly (1794–1866)
John Conolly (1794–1866)
John Conolly (1794–1866)
John Conolly (1794–1866)
John Conolly (1794–1866)

Photo credit: Royal College of Psychiatrists

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John Conolly was appointed medical superintendent of the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell in 1839. He improved practices for managing patients with troublesome behaviours, dispensing with mechanical restraint, and introducing a kinder regime. He demonstrated how treatment could be humane even in a large asylum.

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H 55 x W 49 x D 37 cm

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donated by Baron Jaromir Mundy, 1866

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