Ken and Maggie Davis were told it was impossible for them to live anywhere except in an institution. But 40 years ago today, they moved into the home they designed themselves. It marked the beginning of the Independent Living Movement.
An epidemic of ‘sleepy sickness’ swept through the US and Europe between 1916 – 27, immortalised by Oliver Sacks’ ‘Awakenings’. Some survivors attended the Guild in Bristol, with a variety of post-encephalitic symptoms. Grace Morgan-Tait investigates.
During the 18th century common diseases like small-pox, measles and whooping cough were all causes of blindness, as well as ‘Egyptian ophthalmia’ which hospitalised whole regiments of English and French troops.