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Lunatic Hospitals in Georgian England, 1750-1830
     

Lunatic Hospitals in Georgian England, 1750-1830

by Leonard Smith
 

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Lunatic Hospitals in Georgian England, 1750–1830 constitutes the first comprehensive study of the philanthropic asylum system in Georgian England. Using original research and drawing upon a wide range of expertise on the history of mental health this book demonstrates the crucial role of the lunatic hospitals in the early development of a

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Lunatic Hospitals in Georgian England, 1750–1830 constitutes the first comprehensive study of the philanthropic asylum system in Georgian England. Using original research and drawing upon a wide range of expertise on the history of mental health this book demonstrates the crucial role of the lunatic hospitals in the early development of a national system of psychiatric institutions.

These hospitals were to form an essential historical link in the emergence of a national system of institutional provision for mentally disordered people. They provided important prototypes for the subsequent development of a network of state-sponsored lunatic asylums during the nineteenth century.

This is an impressive volume which covers various areas including:

  • the provincial lunatic hospitals
  • managing the hospital
  • managing the insane.

This book will interest specialist historians as well as mental health professionals and people interested in local and regional studies.

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'This useful study moves on from Leonard Smith's first book...Also sharing its strengths, it is based on archival research as well as bringing together much secondary literature, presenting a well-informed, readable and sensible over view.' - Medical History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134187775
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/18/2013
Series:
Routledge Studies in the Social History of Medicine
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
306
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Leonard D. Smith is an honorary research fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

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