Case notes no. 229: Herbert Skelton

Scope and Content

Covering sheet; summary of the case for Professor Adolf Meyer; letter to Dr Henderson from Dr Mackenzie of Eastern District Hospital in Glasgow concerning the patient; letter from the patient to his father; laboratory test results; notes from patient's previous admission in Cardiff City Mental Hospital (Oct 1921-Feb 1922); case notes, and two sets of case conference/staff meeting notes. The first was held on 20 July 1923 and was attended by the patient, Dr Dawson, Dr Adolf Meyer of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Dr Henderson. The second session was held on 14 October 1924 and was attended by the patient, Dr Harrowes, Dr Henderson, Dr Thomson, Dr Whitelaw, Dr Knight, and Dr MacNiven.

Adolf Meyer (1866-1950), was a Swiss psychiatrist who rose to prominence as the president of the American Psychiatric Association and was one of the most influential figures in psychiatry in the first half of the twentieth century. His focus on collecting detailed case histories on patients is the most prominent of his contributions; along with his insistence that patients could best be understood through consideration of their life situations.