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


Raeburn, T and Liston, C and Hickmott, J and Cleary, M, Colonial surgeon Patrick Hill (1794-1852): unacknowledged pioneer of Australian mental healthcare, History of Psychiatry, 30, (1) pp. 90-103. ISSN 0957-154X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0957154X18809925


Despite making a substantial contribution to the development of mental health services in colonial Australia, until now the story of Dr Patrick Hillís (1794Ė1852) 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 Hillís career serves to exemplify how the local practice of individual colonial doctors helped build the reputation of medicine in the modern era.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:asylum, colonial, history, medical, mental health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:129155
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-11-13
Last Modified:2019-05-10

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