The Hospital: How I survived the secret child experiments at Aston Hall

Bonnier Publishing Ltd.
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A shocking expose of the appalling abuse and experimentation carried out on vulnerable children at Aston Hall Hospital, Derbyshire, in the 60s and 70s.
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Barbara O'Hare was admitted to Aston Hall psychiatric hospital when she was 12-years-old, where she was subjected to horrifying courses of 'treatment' from its head physician. Frequently injected with drugs, locked away and abused, Barbara has attempted to come to terms with her time at Aston Hall 46 years on. After creating the Facebook group 'Survivors of Aston Hall', victims have been brought together in their search for answers of how the abuse they suffered came to pass, and was kept secret for so long. Their efforts have led to a major police investigation and a meeting at the Houses of Parliament to have their story heard. Now, more than 100 people have come forward alleging abuse at Aston Hall.

This is Barbara's first book, exposing the abuse she suffered at Aston Hall.
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Publisher
Bonnier Publishing Ltd.
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Published on
Feb 9, 2017
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781911274643
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Family & Relationships / Abuse / Child Abuse
True Crime / General
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