|LOST HOSPITALS OF LONDON|
A brief history of healthcare provision in London
THE METROPOLITAN ASYLUMS BOARD
MAB established two colonies for sane epileptics - the Edmonton Epileptic Colony for 355 male patients in 1915, and the Hackney Branch Home in Brentwood for 350 female patients in 1916.
Both colonies provided occupations for inmates - horticulture, gardening, pig-rearing and industrial activities, such as printing, carpentry, wireless apparatus work, toy-making, boot repairing, weaving, mat-making, needlework, knitting and domestic and laundry work. At Edmonton the boys had boxing lessons and at Brentwood the girls had dancing.
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Powell A 1930 The Metropolitan Asylums Board and Its Work 1867-1930. London, Metropolitan Asylums Board.
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