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Cure, Comfort And Safe Custody

Cure, Comfort And Safe Custody

by Leonard Smith

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Explores the evolving tensions between the three objectives of the English mental asylum from 1808 to 1845: custody, cure, and comfort. Smith (arts and social sciences, U. of Birmingham, UK) finds that the implicit goal of custody, evidenced in penitentiary-style regimes, was gradually superseded by an Enlightenment-tempered movement towards cure. However, eventually the flaws in the system led to an overcrowding by ever larger numbers of physically deteriorated, aging people, and the emphasis switched to comfort. Distributed by Cassell & Continuum. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
W.F. Bynum
Smith eschews grad theorizing for focused empirical detail�His judgments are nuanced and sensible�He provides much new material on nursing staff, asylum finances and admission and discharge procedures. The result is a fine synthesis of quiet power, eloquent testimony to the fact that Michel Foucault no longer provides the spectacles through which psychiatric historians gaze.
&151#; The Times Literary Supplement

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Bloomsbury Academic
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6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

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