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This book shines a light on an often forgotten part of our society.
on 28 February 2013
This book cover's Stuart Townsend's career in mental health nursing. I've found it an interesting read especially the sections where he describes the change in hospital practices over the years. He makes the point that in the past the old style of nursing relied on strict routines which allowed paitents to be 'toileted', fed and washed like clock work, he stresses that not once during his time were bedsores or the eldery being left in their own mess an issue compared with how wards are run these days. While the paitents may not have been dressed in their personal clothes they were given a high standard of care, today it could be argued that our obsession with 'individual' care has put more strain on staff and paitents alike. Also he does shine a light on the good changes that have been done within health and mental health care.
Throughout the book he introduces us to a range of paitents with differing mental health issues and he compassionately remembers them, he does not use this memoir in anyway to draw charactures of the mentally ill.
The book also covers alot about the changes in medications for mental illness and how this affected the hospitals themselves, as the medications became better the walls of the asylum came down and some patients could go and live in the community. Although his description of giving his first injection did make me more than a little queasy!
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in why or how, in today's Britain, we have community care programmes instead of long term in-paitents, it explains alot about the inner works of modern mental health.