Epilepsy and the Lifton Family

Nowadays epilepsy is not seen as a psychiatric condition and a person with epilepsy is unlikely to be treated by a mental health unit. In the nineteenth century it was different as the Lifton family were to discover. In 1861, when Bristol Lunatic Asylum opened, the Liftons were a fairly prosperous family. Isaac and his […]

A Favourite of Florence Nightingale

A favourite of Florence Nightingale Matron Annie Gibson Another story of amazing detection   Matron Annie Gibson 1888: one of Florence Nightingale’s favourite nurses.   Postcard of staff at Beaufort War Hospital In one of the postcards of the medical staff at Beaufort Hospital there is an older matron. Who was she? In Stone and […]