Poor Law Of Lunacy

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Most historians portray 19th-century county asylums as the exclusive realm of the asylum doctor, but Bartlett (law, U. of Nottingham) argues that they should be thought of as an aspect of English poor law, in which the medical superintendent had remarkably little power. He examines the place of the county asylum movement in the midcentury poor law debates and its legal and administrative regimes. Taking the Leicestershire asylum as a case study, he explores the role of poor law officers in admission processes, and relations between them and the staff and inspectors. Distributed by Continuum. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718501044
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures viii
List of tables ix
Acknowledgements x
Note on citations and terminology xii
Table of cases and statutes xv
Introduction 1
1 Socio-legal history and asylums 8
2 Poor Law and asylum law as a single strand 32
3 The legislation of pauper lunacy 72
4 The pragmatics of coexistence: local officials and pauper lunacy 112
5 Local administration: the creation of coherence among misfits 151
6 The Lunacy Commissioners and the soft centre of reform 197
7 Conclusion: asylums, Poor Law and modernity 238
1 Quantitative indicators 253
2 Leicestershire records: statistical overview 266
3 Dietaries, Leicester Asylum and Leicester Workhouse 276
4 Forms of admission documents and casebooks 278
Bibliography 283
Index 306
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