Care and Treatment of the Mentally Ill in North Wales, 1800-2000

Care and Treatment of the Mentally Ill in North Wales, 1800-2000

by Pamela Michael
     
 

Providing an account of the changing provision for the insane in North Wales from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the 20th, this book discusses policy and treatment developments against a background of social and cultural issues that include the specific Welsh context. Through an in-depth analysis of patient case histories, admission records, and… See more details below

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Providing an account of the changing provision for the insane in North Wales from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the 20th, this book discusses policy and treatment developments against a background of social and cultural issues that include the specific Welsh context. Through an in-depth analysis of patient case histories, admission records, and certification papers, a detailed study is presented of not only the circumstances and social origins of patients but also the changing attributions of causative factors in mental illness. This broadly chronological study demonstrates how insanity can be thought of as a social construct and shows that the history of insanity also illustrates the social and cultural history of Wales.

Pamela Michael is a professor at the school of social sciences, University of Wales, Bangor. She lives in Bangor, Wales.

Editorial Reviews

Contemporary British History
“Pamela Michael has produced a carefully and clearly written portrait of care and treatment for the mentally ill which is an important contribution, not only to the history of asylums and mental health, but to the growing literature on ‘welfare peripheries’ and the history of health and social care in Wales.’ –Contemporary British History
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
‘This book is well researched and pioneering, and it opens up many avenues for reconsidering the history of mental health in Wales and elsewhere.” –Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Medical History
“This scholarly and sensitive history of the Denbigh mental hospital in North Wales makes a valuable contribution to the history of psychiatry in its British context.” –Medical History
Daily Post
“ . . . it is eminently readable from start to finish – as well as being a valuable addition to Welsh history.” –Daily Post
Social History Society Bulletin
“ . . . Michael has produced a very well documented and non-doctrinaire account of the Denbigh Hospital and the larger society within which it was situated. In so doing, she has made a very useful contribution to the new ‘micro-history’ of the nineteenth and twentieth century asylum and psychiatric institution.” –Social History Society Bulletin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780708317402
Publisher:
University of Wales Press
Publication date:
04/02/2002
Series:
University of Wales - Pocket Guide Ser.
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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