Colonial surgeon Patrick Hill (1794–1852) : unacknowledged pioneer of Australian mental healthcare

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Raeburn, Toby, Liston, Carol, Hickmott, Jarrad and Cleary, Michelle. (2019). Colonial surgeon Patrick Hill (1794–1852) : unacknowledged pioneer of Australian mental healthcare. History of Psychiatry. 30(1), pp. 90-103. https://doi.org/10.1177/0957154X18809925
AuthorsRaeburn, Toby, Liston, Carol, Hickmott, Jarrad and Cleary, Michelle
Abstract

Despite making a substantial contribution to the development of mental health services in colonial Australia, until now the story of Dr Patrick Hill’s (1794–1852) life has been overlooked by historians. This paper reviews primary sources including clinical notes, patient lists, letters, government documents and newspaper articles which reveal that Dr Hill was a dedicated physician who played a vital role in the development of Australian mental healthcare. He was held in such esteem that by the time of his sudden death in 1852 he had been elevated to the most senior medical office in New South Wales. Dr Hill’s career serves to exemplify how the local practice of individual colonial doctors helped build the reputation of medicine in the modern era.

KeywordsAsylum; colonial; history; medical; mental health
Year01 Jan 2019
JournalHistory of Psychiatry
Journal citation30 (1), pp. 90-103
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. (UK)
ISSN0957-154X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0957154X18809925
PubMed ID30417695
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0957154X18809925
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
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Page range90-103
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OnlineMar 2019
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Completed12 Nov 2018
Deposited12 Mar 2024
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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