Reason you chose this book
After 10 years in general nursing I decided to train as a mental health nurse in Oxford. I had always been interested in history and soon became fascinated by the two hospitals where I was training: one was a former county lunatic asylum, and the other a charitable institution.
Once I had finished my training I signed up to do an MA in Historical Studies and decided to study the history of mental health nursing in Oxford. I found very little had been written on this subject and that books which claimed to be about the history of nursing in fact talked exclusively about general nurses. This lack of information was really improved by the publication of this book: still the only textbook solely on the history of mental health nursing. It was accessible and interesting and ignited a desire to research mental health nursing history myself, a passion that endures to this day.