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The Confinement of the Insane : International Perspectives, 1800-1965 - Roy Porter

The Confinement of the Insane

International Perspectives, 1800-1965

By: Roy Porter (Editor), David Wright (Editor)

Paperback Published: 16th June 2011
ISBN: 9780521283342
Number Of Pages: 390

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The rise of the asylum constitutes one of the most profound, and controversial, events in the history of medicine. Academics around the world have begun to direct their attention to the origins of the confinement of those deemed 'insane', exploring patient records in an attempt to understand the rise of the asylum within the wider context of social and economic change of nations undergoing modernisation. Originally published in 2003, this edited volume brings together thirteen original research papers to answer key questions in the history of asylums. What forces led to the emergence of mental hospitals in different national contexts? To what extent did patient populations vary in terms of their psychiatric profile and socio-economic background? What was the role of families, communities and the medical profession in the confinement process? This volume therefore represents a landmark study in the history of psychiatry by examining asylum confinement in a global context.

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Review of the hardback: 'Dealing with the institutions and policies of countries with differing populations, traditions and cultures, these scholars largely eschew the angry and polemical writings of the 1960s and 1970s. Basing their analyses on archival data, they present nuanced and subtle interpretations that offer fresh insight into the mental-health policies of different nations.' Nature
Review of the hardback: 'When put together these separate studies do give that new, comparative standpoint which is required to come to grips with vital but confusing aspect of medical history.' Church Times
Review of the hardback: 'When put together these separate studies do give that new, comparative standpoint which is required to come to grips with this vital but confusing aspect of medical history.' Contemporary Review
Review of the hardback: 'This is a micro-history of a high standard ...a first-rate book.' Health & History
Review of the hardback: 'This volume ... is indeed enlightening.' Medical Journal World
Review of the hardback: 'This author never failed to provide a worthwhile read ...' Journal of Psychological Medicine
"[An] useful little volume...In terms of what is happening in asylum history today, this volume represents the cream of the cream." Edward Shorter, American Journal of Psychiatry
"Basing their analyses on archival data, they present nuanced and subtle interpretations that offer fresh insight into the mental-health policies of different nations...these younger historians offer a complex model that grows out of deep research...Such research can also have contemporary policy implications." Nature

Introduction
Insanity, institutions and society: the case of Robben Island Lunatic Asylum, 1846-1910
The confinement of the insane in Switzerland, 1900-70: Cery and Bel-Air asylums
Family strategies and medical power: 'voluntary' committal in a Parisian asylum, 1876-1914
The confinement of the insane in Victorian Canada: the Hamilton and Toronto asylums, c. 1861-91
Passage to the asylum: the role of the police in committals of the insane in Victoria, Australia, 1848-1900
The 'Wittenauer Heilst├Ątten' in Berlin: a case record study of psychiatric patients in Germany, 1919-60
Curative asylum, custodial hospital: the South Carolina lunatic asylum and state hospital, 1828-1920
The state, family, and the insane in Japan, 1900-45
The limits of psychiatric reform in Argentina, 1890-1946
Becoming mad in revolutionary Mexico: mentally ill patients at the General Insane Asylum, Mexico, 1910-30
Psychiatry and confinement in India
Confinements and colonialism in Nigeria
'Ireland's crowded madhouses': the institutional confinement of the insane in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland
The administration of insanity in England, 1800-70
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ISBN: 9780521283342
ISBN-10: 0521283345
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 16th June 2011
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.57

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