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

Madness in its Place

Narratives of Severalls Hospital 1913-1997

Hardcover Published: 2nd April 1998
ISBN: 9780415167864
Number Of Pages: 256

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"Madness in Its Place" presents an unusual but fascinating approach to the history of psychiatry in the twentieth century. It weaves together the memories and narratives of over sixty patients and workers who lived, or were employed, in Severalls Psychiatric Hospital, Essex, England. These 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. This book will be valuable reading for anybody interested in mental health, social policy and gender.

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Introduction: space, time and madnessp. 1
A place for madnessp. 3
The ideal of an asylump. 9
Putting the ideal into practicep. 12
Fears of pollutionp. 21
Place and social changep. 25
At the gatep. 29
Boards and boundariesp. 30
Patients' entries and exits: certification, sectioningp. 34
Staff entries and exitsp. 47
The corridor of powerp. 59
The medical superintendent: the early yearsp. 59
The middle yearsp. 63
The 1960s: Russell Bartonp. 67
The end of an erap. 89
The great dividep. 98
Male and female nursesp. 112
Female and male psychiatristsp. 120
On the female sidep. 127
Admissions and reasons for coming to Severallsp. 128
Clothing and identityp. 134
Ward routines and experiencesp. 137
Workp. 145
Friendships and relationshipsp. 153
On the male sidep. 157
The engineer's yard and the farmsp. 158
Admissions and escapesp. 164
Ward life and routinep. 167
Sport and musicp. 173
Training and working as an attendant/male nursep. 177
The effects of war and the post-war erap. 181
The space and pace of treatmentsp. 189
Early treatmentsp. 191
Somatic treatmentsp. 195
Leucotomies and experimentsp. 203
A pharmacological revolution?p. 210
Changing attitudesp. 213
Conclusionp. 219
Notesp. 224
Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780415167864
ISBN-10: 0415167868
Series: Memory & Narrative
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 2nd April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1