Madness in its Place: Narratives of Severalls Hospital 1913-1997 [NOOK Book]

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This fascinating study presents a unique history of psychiatry in the twentieth century. It brings together the memories and narratives of over sixty patients and workers who lived, or were employed, in Severalls Psychiatric Hospital, Essex, UK. Personal accounts are contextualised both in relation to wider developments and issues in twentieth-century mental health, and in relation to policies and changes in the hospital itself.
Organised around the theme of space and place, and...

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Madness in its Place: Narratives of Severalls Hospital 1913-1997

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Overview

This fascinating study presents a unique history of psychiatry in the twentieth century. It brings together the memories and narratives of over sixty patients and workers who lived, or were employed, in Severalls Psychiatric Hospital, Essex, UK. Personal accounts are contextualised both in relation to wider developments and issues in twentieth-century mental health, and in relation to policies and changes in the hospital itself.
Organised around the theme of space and place, and drawing upon both quantitative and qualitative material, chapters deal with key areas such as gender divisions, power relations, patterns of admission and discharge, treatments, and the daily lives and routines of patients and nurses of both sexes.

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Draws on the life stories of patients and workers at a large British psychiatric hospital to present an extraordinary social history of psychiatric care in the 20th century. Organized around themes of space and place, these accounts of day-to-day life are contextualized both in relation to wider developments in 20th century mental health, and in relation to policies and changes in the hospital itself. Chapters deal with areas such as gender divisions, power relations, patterns of admission, and treatments. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134670635
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/19/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: space, time and madness 1
A place for madness 3
The ideal of an asylum 9
Putting the ideal into practice 12
Fears of pollution 21
Place and social change 25
2 At the gate 29
Boards and boundaries 30
Patients' entries and exits: certification, sectioning 34
Staff entries and exits 47
3 The corridor of power 59
The medical superintendent: the early years 59
The middle years 63
The 1960s: Russell Barton 67
The end of an era 89
4 The great divide 98
Male and female nurses 112
Female and male psychiatrists 120
5 On the female side 127
Admissions and reasons for coming to Severalls 128
Clothing and identity 134
Ward routines and experiences 137
Work 145
Friendships and relationships 153
6 On the male side 157
The engineer's yard and the farms 158
Admissions and escapes 164
Ward life and routine 167
Sport and music 173
Training and working as an attendant/male nurse 177
The effects of war and the post-war era 181
7 The space and pace of treatments 189
Early treatments 191
Somatic treatments 195
Leucotomies and experiments 203
A pharmacological revolution? 210
Changing attitudes 213
8 Conclusion 219
Notes 224
Bibliography 232
Index 237
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