The Ashton Manual
Chrystal Heather Ashton DM, FRCP graduated from Oxford and obtained a First Class Honours Degree (BA) in Physiology in 1951. She qualified in Medicine (BM, BCh, MA) in 1954 and gained a postgraduate Doctor of Medicine (DM) in 1956. She qualified as MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians, London) in 1958 and was elected FRCP (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London) in 1975. She also became National Health Service Consultant in Clinical Psychopharmacology in 1975 and National Health Service Consultant in Psychiatry in 1994. But it is her clinical work, running a benzodiazepine withdrawal clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle from 1982 to 1994 that is her greatest legacy.
It is Dr. Ashton’s Manual, Benzodiazepines: How they work and how to withdrawal, that most people follow for tapering.