Correspondence, memoranda and press cuttings, 1955-2004, relating to Michael Hellman's attempts to obtain an enquiry into his sectioning in Horton Hospital, Epsom (1955).
HELLMAN, Michael, fl 1938-2004
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Administrative / Biographical History
Michael Hellman came to the UK from Austria in 1938. In 1950 he underwent a surgical procedure to cure a fissure and the resultant problems led to his referral to a psychiatrist and his sectioning and detention in Horton Hospital, Epsom in 1955. There he was treated for an alleged serious mental illness including the use of insulin comas and ECT. Michael Hellman was released from Horton Hospital in January 1956. In 1958 he applied for a copy of his certificate and reception order from Horton Hospital which confirmed that his original medical condition had been ignored by the Hospital. Hellman later attempted to bring his case to court and sue the doctor involved. However, having been refused legal aid and conducting his own case he was refused leave to bring proceedings. All subsequent attempts to have the case reviewed by the Department of Health were refused. In 1997, Glenda Jackson, MP for Hampstead, took up the case with the Ministry of Health, but to date no enquiry has ever been held.
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Deposited by Michael Hellman in 2004
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Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson.
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