Lives of the fellows

William Henry Parsey

b.3 April 1821 d.10 January 1884
BA MB Lond(1844) MD FRCP(1877)

After graduating as M.B. at King’s College, London, in 1844, W. H. Parsey, who was the son of John Leveson Parsey, a Foreign Office official, decided to make lunacy his special study. In 1847 he obtained the post of assistant medical officer to Bucknill at the Devon County Asylum. Five years later his life’s work began with his nomination as superintendent of the new County Asylum at Hatton, Warwickshire. Under his supervision the Asylum more than doubled in size and achieved a world-wide reputation. Parsey himself, who followed the "non-restraint" methods of Conolly, was loved by his patients and highly respected by the local magistrates who, when he mooted the possibility of his own retirement, went so far as to provide a deputy-superintendent to assist him. Outside the county, he was considered a leading authority on his subject. He was elected president of the Medico-Psychological Association in 1876.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1884; B.M.J., 1884]

(Volume IV, page 251)

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