The Confinement of the Insane: International Perspectives, 1800-1965

The Confinement of the Insane: International Perspectives, 1800-1965

by Roy Porter
     
 

This edited volume brings together fourteen original research papers to answer key questions in the history of asylums. What forces led to the emergence of mental hospitals in different national contexts? To what extent did patient populations vary in terms of their psychiatric profile or their socio-economic background? What was the role of families, communities and… See more details below

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This edited volume brings together fourteen original research papers to answer key questions in the history of asylums. What forces led to the emergence of mental hospitals in different national contexts? To what extent did patient populations vary in terms of their psychiatric profile or their socio-economic background? What was the role of families, communities and the medical profession in the confinement process? This volume therefore represents a landmark study in the history of psychiatry by examining asylum confinement in a global context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521283342
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1Insanity, institutions and society: the case of the Robben Island Lunatic Asylum, 1846-1910
2The confinement of the insane in Switzerland, 1900-1970: Cery (Vaud) and Bel-Air (Geneva) asylums
3Family strategies and medical power: 'voluntary' committal in a Parisian asylum, 1876-1914
4The confinement of the insane in Victorian Canada: the Hamilton and Toronto asylums, c. 1861-1891
5Passage to the asylum: the role of the police in committals of the insane in Victoria, Australia, 1848-1900
6The Wittenauer Heilstatten in Berlin: a case record study of psychiatric patients in Germany, 1919-1960
7Curative asylum, custodial hospital: the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum and State Hospital, 1828-1920
8The state, family and insane in Japan, 1900-1945
9The limits of psychiatric reform in Argentina, 1890-1946
10Becoming mad in revolutionary Mexico: mentally ill patients at the General Insane Asylum, Mexico, 1910-1930
11Psychiatry and confinement in India
12Confinement and colonialism in Nigeria
13'Ireland's crowded madhouses': the institutional confinement of the insane in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland
14The administration of insanity in England 1800-1870
Index

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