Article ID: CBB752380679

George Stephen Penny (1885–1964): his life and medical encounters before, during and after admission to Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum (2023)


Hilton, Claire (Author)

History of Psychiatry
Volume: 34
Issue: 2
Pages: 196-208
Publication date: 2023
Language: English

Amid extensive press coverage, George Stephen Penny (1885–1964) was tried for murder in 1923. He was found ‘guilty but insane’ due to ‘confusional insanity’ associated with malaria which he suffered during World War I. Penny was admitted to Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum at a time of great public concern about inadequate and cruel care in mental institutions, but he was treated with humanity and respect. Penny’s story also reveals much about challenges of psychiatric diagnosis and the relationships between crime, insanity, the public, lawyers and the medical profession. Following discharge from Broadmoor, Penny built himself a life in the community. His pseudonymous memoir, with masterly concealment of his identity and crime, tells his story up to 1925.

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Authors & Contributors
Chaney, Sarah
Ernst, Waltraud
Hall, John
Hashimoto, Akira
Meer, Theo van der
Müller, Thomas
History of Psychiatry
Journal Electronique d'Histoire des Probabilités et de la Statistique
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Harvard University
Franco Angeli
MIT Press
Ohio University Press
University of Michigan Press
Psychiatric hospitals
Science and society
Medicine and society
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Pinel, Philippe
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
Great Britain
British Columbia (Canada)

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