It was a Thursday, a lovely day, and I remember we had soup and rice pudding for dinner.
Fred Pilcher was admitted to Harperbury Hospital, Hertfordshire in October, 1928.
He was nineteen. Harperbury was still being built; in fact it was not open till 1933. On admission, each new patient was given their patient number - Fred's was number 4. Fred went on to stay/live at Harperbury for over 50 years leaving in 1977; he died a few years later. His IQ was tested in 1954 and was found to be 120.
For this presentation I will be giving an account of his life and times at Harperbury. I will be using his detailed medical records which give a fascinating insight into his health and in particular his mental health. It also provides a historical snapshot of the health of people with learning disabilities in general and the medical thinking throughout the various periods of his life.
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