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.
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.