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The Times (London).
9 June 1913


Dr. Lyttleton Stewart Forbes Winslow died suddenly at his residence in Devonshire street, Portland place, London, yesterday, after an attack of angina pectoris. He was in his 70th year.

Born in London, Dr. Winslow was the son of the late Dr. Forbes Benignus Winslow, a physician who in the middle of the last century was known as an authority in cases of insanity, and he traced his descent from Edward Winslow, one of the Pilgrim fathers and first Governor of Massachusetts. He was educated at Rugby and Downing College, Cambridge, and took his medical degree in 1870. He was afterwards associated with his father, who had a very large practice in lunacy and was for some 20 years engaged in the work of private asylums. Thereafter he practised as a specialist in lunacy and appeared as an expert witness in many notable trials both in this country and in America. He took an active part in securing a reprieve for the four persons sentenced to death for the murder by starvation of Mrs. Staunton at Penge in 1877; in the following year he inquired into the mental condition of the Rev. Mr. Dodwell, who had shot at Sir George Jessel, the Master of the Rolls; and other still remembered trials in which Dr. Winslow interested himself were those of Lefroy, convicted of the murder on the Brighton line; of Mrs. Maybrick; and of Mrs. Dyer, the Reading baby farmer. He also appeared in many civil actions.

Dr. Winslow founded the British Hospital for Mental Disorders in North London, and was formerly lecturer on insanity at Charing Cross Hospital and physician to the West End Hospital and the North London Hospital for Consumption. He received the degree of D.C.L, from Oxford University for his thesis on "The History of Lunacy Legislation" and from his own university of Cambridge that of LL.D. for researches in "The Criminal Responsibility of the Insane." He was the author of many books and magazine articles on the subject in which he specialized, and three years ago published a readable volume of reminiscences, "Recollections of Forty Years." A believer in the suggestive power of hypnotism in the treatment of mental disorders, he published a work on the subject and himself employed hypnotism in cases of mental and nervous disease.

Dr. Winslow, who was twice married, leaves a widow and three sons and a daughter. The funeral will be on Friday, at Barnes, the cortege leaving the house at 2 p.m.

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