The Lost Prince

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 25 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:229
  1. Iain McClure (, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
  1. Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria

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    BBC 1, 19 and 26 January at 8.30 pm

    The distinguished writer Stephen Poliakoff has pulled a royal rabbit out of history's hat for this two part series. He tells the true, but incredible, story of Prince John (1905–19), the youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary, who developed epilepsy and pervasive developmental disorder, and who had a learning disability. Royal embarrassment meant that John's existence and condition were concealed. His case raises fascinating questions. What was the degree of medical and social knowledge 100 years ago regarding neuropsychiatric conditions in …

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