22.5 x 14.7cm, pp.  + 9 b/w plates. Cream wrappers lettered in black, sewn.Creasing and wear to extremities,spottedand a little browned. PO inscription to half-title: “16 March 1980/ For Jean Wrangham with good wishes/ from E.M. Macdonald.” Else, clean and tidy. Single-line hand-written letter on Memorial Hospital Darlington-headed paper (A4, p.1, short edges ragged) laid in. A very good copy of a rare account of the first school for occupational therapy in the UK, with a foreword by Dr. Elizabeth Casson. Jisc LHD lists only 1 copy, held by UoBristol Libraries.
Elizabeth Casson (1881-1954) was the first woman to be awarded both a medical degree (1919) and a doctorate in medicine (1926) by the University of Bristol. Particularly interested in psychiatry, Casson set up a residential clinic for women suffering mental health problems at Dorset House, Bristol in 1929, having borrowed £1000 from her brother, actor Lewis Casson. A year later, at the same site, she opened the first school of occupational therapy in the UK. The school became part of Oxford Brookes University in 1992.The pamphlet’s likely publication date, 1951, was a significant year for Casson: she was awarded an OBE for her work at Dorset House, as well as being elected an honorary fellow of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (ODNB). A new edition of the pamphlet followed in 1986 by Betty Collins, which updated the School’s story to that year.
Author CASSON, M.D., D.P.M., Elizabeth (Foreword)
Publisher [Bristol?]: [The School?] Privately printed by John Wright and Sons Ltd, Stonebridge Press
Condition Very good