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The Poor Law of Lunacy : The Administration of Pauper Lunatics in Mid-nineteenth Century England - Peter Bartlett

The Poor Law of Lunacy

The Administration of Pauper Lunatics in Mid-nineteenth Century England

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9780718501044
Number Of Pages: 332

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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.

List of figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Note on citations and terminologyp. xii
Table of cases and statutesp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Socio-legal history and asylumsp. 8
Poor Law and asylum law as a single strandp. 32
The legislation of pauper lunacyp. 72
The pragmatics of coexistence: local officials and pauper lunacyp. 112
Local administration: the creation of coherence among misfitsp. 151
The Lunacy Commissioners and the soft centre of reformp. 197
Conclusion: asylums, Poor Law and modernityp. 238
Appendices
Quantitative indicatorsp. 253
Leicestershire records: statistical overviewp. 266
Dietaries, Leicester Asylum and Leicester Workhousep. 276
Forms of admission documents and casebooksp. 278
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 306
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ISBN: 9780718501044
ISBN-10: 0718501047
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.31  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1