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Life for 'typhoid carriers'


An investigation by the BBC has uncovered evidence that nearly 50 women who were identified as typhoid carriers, were locked up for life in a mental asylum in Surrey between 1907 and the early 1990s, after they were considered a risk to public health.

Jeanie Kennett was a former nurse at Long Grove asylum, and has spoken about how the 'patients' felt after they arrived at the hospital.

Angus Stickler reports.

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