Friday, 22 July 2011

Horton Asylum, Epsom

Horton Asylum, Epsom, was built around 1900 and closed a hundred years later.

It became a military hospital during the two world wars and the patients transferred to other asylums.

I believe that in the days before penicillin the hospital had a unit that specialised in treating general paralysis of the insane - caused by syphilis - by infecting patients with malaria. The idea was that the resulting fever helped kill the disease.

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