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Nicholas Langley

LANGLEY, Dr Nicholas Were, b. 1800, d. 14.4.1834 (Frem.), arr. 14.5.1830 per Rockingham. Medical Officer thought to have been in Peel's establishment. His abnormal behaviour & periods of insanity caused him to be confined to the wreck of the Marquis of Anglesea. He made professional calls during the few sane periods & applied for the post of Asst. Surgeon at Fremantle. Was highly qualified & in practice again 1833, but relapsed into insanity.

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Ellis, A.E 1978, 'Early psychiatry in Western Australia: Dr. Nicholas Langley--a born loser', Aust N Z J Psychiatry. Dr. Nicholas Langley was the first recorded “psychiatric” patient in Western Australia. His story provides an insight into the difficulty experienced in managing cases of violent behaviour in a small, isolated group without facilities or expertise. Langley recovered from his symptoms, and was accepted into the local community without undue stigma. He practised as a surgeon in Fremantle, and died at the age of 35, from what was apparently a cerebrovascular accident.

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