Focusing on the Liverpool Lock Hospital
: the old Liverpool Royal Infirmary was opened in 1749 and then enlarged in 1752.
Despite these, mostly formal, small weaknesses, the book is a highly stimulating piece of conscientious scholarly work, whose value is enhanced by the use of original documents to support the analyses, as well as a very much needed contribution to the understanding of what the role of the London Lock Hospital
and Asylum was, along with other similar institutions, and how it affected their female inmates.
The power of public opinion is amply demonstrated by the unsuccessful efforts to fund the Lock Hospital
in eighteenth-century Dublin as the contemporary moral attitude was that the disease was self-inflicted.
Siena's careful narrative demonstrates how this institutional response began with the foul wards of the Royal Hospitals, expanded with the workhouses' assumption of responsibility for the afflicted poor, culminating with the opening of the London Lock Hospital
Roy Porter on John Marten and his medico-sexual works, Philip Wilson on the treatment of syphilis in London, Marie McAllister on the attempt to find a cure through 'vegetable syrup', an alternative medicine, Mary Stewart on venereal disease within marriage, especially the case of Lady Frances William, Barbara Dunlop on syphilitic children, Merians on the London Lock Hospital
, a charity hospital specifically for the treatment of venereal disease, that treated 26,800 patients in 1747 1800, Betty Rizzo on 'decorums' for dealing with the disease, a dissection of the privileging of male, aristocratic sexual licence, N.
The Westmorland Lock Hospital
, which treated women suffering from venereal diseases, is one of the few Dublin hospitals without an institutional history.
The London Lock Hospital
was one of the specialized hospitals created in the eighteenth century and run by public subscription for the treatment of venereal disease in men and women.
The author chooses to concentrate on three institutions, Dublin's Lying-in (Rotunda) Hospital, the Westmoreland Lock Hospital
and the Hospital for Incurables.
5) In garrison towns, women infected with venereal diseases were held in "lock hospitals
" until cured.
Hunter said research has shown that irrational, unexamined racial biases were demonstrated by doctors, politicians and bureaucrats who designed the Lock hospitals
and lazerets (segregated hospitals) established to house Aboriginal people in Australia who were thought -- wrongly -- to be responsible for outbreaks of sexually transmitted diseases.