A lengthy illness

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 25 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2934
  1. Thomas Bewley, retired consultant psychiatrist, London
  1. thomasbewley{at}

    In1916 a 16 year old girl was admitted in a depressive stupor to Bloomfield Hospital, a small Quaker asylum in Dublin. She was neither eating nor speaking. My grandfather (a general physician and lecturer in materia medica at Trinity College Dublin) looked after her and tube fed her for a month until …

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