The Rising Mercury

The Social Circle

At a time when patients spent some considerable time at our Hospital recovering from TB, they found various ways to occupy their spare time. A Social Circle was formed in 1925 to organise these activities and entertainments.

The Social Circle first published a patient magazine in around 1928 called The Rising Mercury. The name of the magazine referred to the regular monitoring of the patients temperature as a key indicator of their state of health.

The magazine contained a selection of cartoons, one of which is drawn by Gordon Lauste who was a patient at Benenden for 11 years.

image
The Rising Mercury Magazine cartoon by Gordon Lauste
image
The Rising Mercury Magazine cartoon
image
The Rising Mercury Magazine Cartoon

The Poetic Patients

Here are a selection of poems written for the patient magazine, most of which make fun of themselves and their treatment regime.

image
The Rising Mercury
image
The Rising Mercury
image
The Rising Mercury
image
The Rising Mercury

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s