Outside the Walls of the Asylum: On Care in the Community in Modern Britain and Ireland

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This historical account of the care of insanity outside formal institutions explores key issues relating to the social history of madness from 1750 to the present day. These include women and the social construction of madness, the boarding out of lunatics by poor law authorities, familial care and treatment of the insane and the practice of 'mental healing' by general practitioners. Challenging conventional interpretations of the centrality of psychiatric institutions, the book is an important critical voice in ...
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Overview

This historical account of the care of insanity outside formal institutions explores key issues relating to the social history of madness from 1750 to the present day. These include women and the social construction of madness, the boarding out of lunatics by poor law authorities, familial care and treatment of the insane and the practice of 'mental healing' by general practitioners. Challenging conventional interpretations of the centrality of psychiatric institutions, the book is an important critical voice in the reappraisal of 'care in the community' and to the historical understanding of the role of medicine in the treatment of mental health problems.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780485115413
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on Contributors
Tables and Figures
1 Community care and its antecedents 1
2 'Not simple boarding': care of the mentally incapacitated in Scotland during the long eighteenth century 19
3 At home with puerperal mania: the domestic treatment of the insanity of childbirth in the nineteenth century 45
4 Family, community and the lunatic in mid-nineteenth-century North Wales 66
5 Boarding-out insane patients: the significance of the Scottish system 1857-1913 86
6 Enclosing and disclosing lunatics within the family walls: domestic psychiatric regime and the public sphere in early nineteenth-century England 115
7 Lunatic and criminal alliances in nineteenth-century Ireland 132
8 Families, communities and the legal regulation of lunacy in Victorian England: Assessments of crime, violence and welfare in admissions to the Devon Asylum, 1845-1914 153
9 Community care and mental deficiency 1913 to 1945 181
10 Rhetoric and reality: community care in England and Wales, 1948-74 204
11 Mental Health Policy, Care in the Community and Political Conflict: the Case of the Integrated Service in Northern Ireland 227
12 Outside the Walls of the Asylum? Psychiatric Treatment in the 1980s and 1990s 244
Notes 266
Index 329
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