Woman’s snapshot of medical news catalogued
A woman who was ‘‘wrongly institutionalised’’ in a mental health centre for 50 years will have a decade of her research catalogued by Auckland Libraries.
Alison Pascoe donated her research last week to Sir George Grey Special Collections, which is part of Auckland Libraries and holds manuscripts and rare documents.
The research is a compilation of articles about disabilities and medical news from the New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Listener and Metro Magazine.
Pascoe, who was born in Mt Albert, said she hoped it would be used as a snapshot of what happened in the health sector between 2001 and 2009.
From a young age Pascoe suffered encephalitis, an acute inflammation of the brain, which caused her to have behavioural problems.
Her family decided to send her to Kingseat Hospital when she was eight years old. Three years later Pascoe was moved to Car- rington Hospital remained until 1990.
Pascoe said the reason she did the research was to change peoples’ attitudes, to stop prejudices and to create positive thinking about disability.
Manuscript librarian Kate DeCourcy said having the information compiled in scrapbooks created a one-stop shop. where she
Alison Pascoe hopes the research will be used as a snapshot of what appeared in the media around healthcare between 2001 and 2009.