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Dr Edward Long Fox

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:14 04 April 2017

Portrait of Edward Long Fox, DM2445, University of Bristol Library Special Collections, painted by Hugh Goldwin Rivi�re.

Portrait of Edward Long Fox, DM2445, University of Bristol Library Special Collections, painted by Hugh Goldwin Rivi�re.

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Dr Edward Long Fox :: Psychiatrist

26 April, 1791 to 1835

Edward Long Fox lived in a time when people with mental illnesses were treated cruelly in asylums.

His first foray into finding a new method to treat people came when he established Brislington House, in Bristol, in 1804 with the ambition of finding a new ‘moral treatment’ for his patients.

His methods tended towards the more humane, moving away from chain restraints and instead using exercise and outdoor activities to assist in treatment and recovery.

In 1830, he brought his methods to Weston. Although he was approaching 70, he continued to dedicate his life helping the town’s patients.

He created a therapeutic spa, with hot and cold baths at Knightstone.

His approach became the accepted practice within the Victorian asylum system, largely thanks to the success of Brislington House and other private institutions.

Dr Long Fox has been immortalised in Weston already – his name was given to the centre helping people with mental health conditions at Weston General Hospital – but he does not have a plaque in the town.

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