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The teetotaller's hospital: Removing drink from Victorian medicine

James Kneale on the BBC News Magazine

The teetotaller's hospital: Removing drink from Victorian medicine

Dr James Kneale features on the BBC News Magazine website in a short film on London’s National Temperance Hospital.

The hospital opened at 112 Gower Street in 1873, and was thus a near neighbour of UCL, before a larger hospital was built on the Hampstead Road in 1885.

It was set up to treat patients without the use of alcohol, which was then commonly prescribed in other hospitals as both medicine and a food. The hospital was closely linked to several temperance doctors, the subject of James’s research, including Sir Victor Horsley, who worked at UCL and UCH.

The future of the now empty building is uncertain, whether as a training centre for medical students, a construction site for the HS2 rail line, or as accommodation for people displaced by HS2.

See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28492119


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