Alexander Roby

Inmate at St Agnes

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From medical record:
Dr Highsmith, Dr Trollope and Grahame Roby signed the Order of Petition that authorised his admittance to the Asylum at the end of October 1926.
This was a result of the events that led to the brutal murders of the patients father and sister the 14th October 1926. Alexander’s involvement is unclear.
Alexander’s illness could stem from the incident and the grief and perhaps guilt he felt. There is no history of insanity in the family nor had Alexander any such history.

Alexander was free of attacks for extended periods. He was prescribed medication upon admittance and kept on it until April 1927. He was free of medication and of attacks until an incident on October 19th 1927, when he was given two three-month prescriptions. After that he was unmediated and free from attacks from April 1928 until another recent incident on October 15th 1928.

His episodes manifest themselves when sleep is interrupted by periods of panic. Pulse and breathing are rapid, pupils are dilated, hair stands on end. The subject is confused and hard to calm down. This is night terrors or scotophobia (fear of darkness).

He has been administered half a fluid ounce of laudanum, a very heavy dose, to stop these periods.

Alexander Roby

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