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

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

by Diana Gittins
 

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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,

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

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