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Forcible feeding and the Cat and Mouse Act: one hundred years on

2 July 2013

Between 1909 and 1914, imprisoned militant suffragettes undertook hunger strikes across Britain and Ireland. Public distaste for the practice of forcible feeding ultimately led to the passing of the Prisoners (Temporary Discharge for Ill Health) Act, or ‘the Cat and Mouse Act’ as it was more commonly known. We marked the 100th anniversary of this Act, passed so that prison medical officers could discharge hunger-striking suffragettes from prisons if they fell ill from hunger, on OUPblog with a post from Ian Miller. Miller recently wrote a paper on the same topic for the journal Social History of Medicine.

Read the blog post.
Read the full paper.