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Dr Douglas Walker 30 has, together with fellow psychiatrists Brenda 33Hugo in his late thirtiesand Zimmerman in his twentiesset up a commune, to which they will invite mental patients for humane and gentle therapy.
The first is Mary Barnes 42who has a history of mental illness and imagines that she is a nurse. They are joined by American psychiatrist Eddie 25 with his new girlfriend Beth. When Mary refuses to eat, Eddie, fearing that she may have to be returned to hospital, wins her over with games.
Beth is jealous of the attention he pays to her.
Locals smash windows in the house, protesting about having 'nutters' in the area. Zimmerman leaves, a new patient Laurence joins the group, and tensions become apparent within the 'Community'. Mary appears naked, covered in her own faeces, and Eddie cleans her.
When Eddie has to go away for three weeks, Mary pines for him and refuses to eat again. Three years later, Angie, a disturbed rich girl of 20, comes to the house, where Mary is now well enough to help her.
Some time later, Angie is restored to health, but slips back into madness when her mother comes to take her away. Mary has an exhibition of paintings, which proves a great success. Mary's brother, whose drugs for mental illness make him 'like wax, a robot', comes to stay, leaves, but returns.
Some years later, everyone has had to leave, because the lease ran out; Angie returns but, having endured conventional treatment, can now remember nothing about her stay. Sudden death of her brother, Peter Barnes.
Mary was living in Devon at the time. About Mary first went to Stockholm where she met p. InMary Barnes with Ann Scott published her second book: This time, the title was her own. Following the acount of her life journey: She looks back on the Kingsley Hall years with detachment, humour and gratitude.
Her observations on problems of mental health care, the relationship between psychotherapy and religious practice, and the nature of deep regression will stimulate much thought. Guardian obituary Mary also gave lectures and participated in radio and television programmes, and her paintings have been exhibited.
At this some of her paintings were acquired by Glasgow Art Galleries and Museum. Dympna's, in the creation of the Shealin Trust in Glasgow in It also mentions an enduring friendship with a girl in a mental hospital in Sweden.
The following was entered on the Guardian website on 2. I had never realised she had any psychiatric problems. She must have had immense self control to carry on her profession of nurse and put forward a face of normality until she found R. Her book caused some disapproval in my family but she stayed on good terms with everyone, even her own parents.
Some years later she lived with me for a while and I came to appreciate how much she felt Kingsley Hall had saved her.
She had been given her wish to regress and start again, in fact encouraged to go mad like Francis Gillet was.
I attended a performance of the David Edgar play by Glasgow University with her which was very moving. After leaving Kingsley Hall she helped other people with mental problems as well as writing her book. The experiment worked with her but she was probably quite unique.
Mary Barnes on death The floodgates of my soul are open, and the water of my life, flows out, into the endless sea of light.Life History of Herbert Macaulay, C. E. From inside the book.
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