Mad Yankees

Mad Yankees

by Lawrence B. Goodheart
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558494057

ISBN-13: 9781558494053

Pub. Date: 10/07/2003

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Throughout the western world, the emergence of insane asylums during the nineteenth century marked a significant change in the public perception as well as the medical treatment of mental illness. Mad Yankees tells the story of one of the earliest such institutions in the United States, the Hartford Retreat for the Insane. Opened in 1824, it was the first hospital of…  See more details below

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Throughout the western world, the emergence of insane asylums during the nineteenth century marked a significant change in the public perception as well as the medical treatment of mental illness. Mad Yankees tells the story of one of the earliest such institutions in the United States, the Hartford Retreat for the Insane. Opened in 1824, it was the first hospital of any kind in Connecticut and the only private mental asylum in the nation founded by a state medical society. Although conceived as an elite institution for well-to-do patrons, for many years the Hartford Retreat cared for the indigent insane and paying clients alike.

A number of remarkable physicians associated with the retreat shaped early psychiatry in Connecticut and placed the state in the vanguard of treatment for the mentally ill. Dr. Eli Todd's ethic of a "law of kindness" toward the afflicted and claims of extraordinary cure rates gained the hospital an international reputation. A coterie of doctors associated with Todd - including Mason Cogswell, Samuel B. Woodward, Amariah Brigham, and John Butler - became prominent advocates of "moral" treatment that led to tending for the insane with respect and dignity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558494053
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
10/07/2003
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,257,457
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Ironies of Institutionalization1
1Origin of the Asylum10
2Eli Todd, Apostle of Moral Medicine36
3The Paradox of Curative Treatment61
4The Therapeutic Imperative of Amariah Brigham89
5The Impoverished Insane113
6John S. Butler and the Reinvention of the Retreat137
Epilogue: The Emergence of Eugenics165
Notes169
Index207

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