Founding Friends: Families, Staff, and Patients at the Friends Asylum in Early Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia / Edition 1

Founding Friends: Families, Staff, and Patients at the Friends Asylum in Early Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia / Edition 1

by Patricia D'Antonio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0934223823

ISBN-13: 9780934223829

Pub. Date: 01/28/2006

Publisher: Lehigh University Press

Founding Friends is a history of day-to-day life inside the Friends Asylum for the Insane in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia. It uses an extraordinarily rich data source: the daily diaries that the Asylum's lay superintendents kept between 1814 and 1850. In their diaries, these men wrote about their own and their attendant staff's work. They also write about…  See more details below

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Founding Friends is a history of day-to-day life inside the Friends Asylum for the Insane in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia. It uses an extraordinarily rich data source: the daily diaries that the Asylum's lay superintendents kept between 1814 and 1850. In their diaries, these men wrote about their own and their attendant staff's work. They also write about their patients: their conditions, the moral remedies applied, the medical prescriptions ordered by consulting physicians, the reasons for chosen treatments, and the responses of patients and staff to the particular interventions. The Asylum's lay superintendents also wrote with unusual candor and detail about their own and their attendant staff's feelings: about the joys and the frustrations of working daily with insane patients. These diaries offer a new perspective on institutional life. This book shows how intricate negotiations and shifting alliances among families, communities, patients, and staff emerge as the most compelling determinants of an institution's changing form and function.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780934223829
Publisher:
Lehigh University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Founding Friends33
2A virtual domestic space53
3The family and the asylum78
4The asylum as family103
5Staff needs and patient care130
6The ascendancy of the medical metaphor153
App. AData on the founders of the Friends Asylum175
App. BCharacteristics of the patient population of the Friends Asylum188
App. CSeclusion and restraint at the Friends Asylum, 1817-32203

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