Psychiatry for the Rich: A History of Ticehurst Private Asylum 1792-1917 [NOOK Book]

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Through the work of historians since Foucault, the growth of public and voluntary institutions for the insane from the late eighteenth century has been associated with the bourgeoisie's desire for social order and social control in a period of rapid economic and political change. In addition, the importance of psychiatrists' quest for professional status and security has also been emphasised as a motor of institutional proliferation throughout the nineteenth century. As Charlotte MacKenzie points out, neither of ...
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Psychiatry for the Rich: A History of Ticehurst Private Asylum 1792-1917

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Overview

Through the work of historians since Foucault, the growth of public and voluntary institutions for the insane from the late eighteenth century has been associated with the bourgeoisie's desire for social order and social control in a period of rapid economic and political change. In addition, the importance of psychiatrists' quest for professional status and security has also been emphasised as a motor of institutional proliferation throughout the nineteenth century. As Charlotte MacKenzie points out, neither of these models is easily applicable to the private sector. Psychiatry for the Rich seeks to provide alternative explanations for this development in the trade in lunacy. It explores the way private asylum proprietors sought to increase and maintain a share of the market in mental health care, and how the families of patients were themselves deeply involved in decisions about care, treatment and referral. Psychiatry for the Rich reconstructs middle- and upper-class attitudes to mental disorder, certification and confinement, as well as their changing evaluation of care. Through a detailed history of the asylum at Ticehurst in Sussex, Charlotte MacKenzie explores the consumer revolution which stimulated the proliferation of madhouses. She includes patients' own accounts of their experiences at Ticehurst, and discusses the changing developments at the asylum through the course of the nineteenth century amidst changes in therapeutic regimen and calls for lunacy reform. Psychiatry for the Rich is the most revealing account of the trade in lunacy in the nineteenth century.
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Through a detailed history of the asylum at Ticehurst in Sussex, England, MacKenzie explores the social history of madness and wealthy Victorian families. She details the backgrounds of the patients and their own descriptions of the asylum as well as changes in the institution through lunacy reforms and developments in medical theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134962464
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/22/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of plates, figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The commercialization of care 6
2 Starting a family business 35
3 The asylum and moral reform 61
4 Madness and the Victorian family 97
5 Mid-Victorian prosperity 128
6 The fourth generation 163
7 The protection of private care 193
Conclusion 214
Bibliography 218
Index 226
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