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The Confinement of the Insane


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Introduction Roy Porter; 1. Insanity, institutions and society: the case of Robben Island Lunatic Asylum, 1846-1910 Harriet Deacon; 2. The confinement of the insane in Switzerland, 1900-70: Cery and Bel-Air asylums Jacques Gasser and Genevieve Heller; 3. Family strategies and medical power: 'voluntary' committal in a Parisian asylum, 1876-1914 Patricia E. Prestwich; 4. The confinement of the insane in Victorian Canada: the Hamilton and Toronto asylums, c. 1861-91 David Wright, James Moran and Sean Gouglas; 5. Passage to the asylum: the role of the police in committals of the insane in Victoria, Australia, 1848-1900 Catharine Coleborne; 6. The 'Wittenauer Heilstatten' in Berlin: a case record study of psychiatric patients in Germany, 1919-60 Andrea Doerries and Thomas Beddies; 7. Curative asylum, custodial hospital: the South Carolina lunatic asylum and state hospital, 1828-1920 Peter McCandless; 8. The state, family, and the insane in Japan, 1900-45 Akihito Suzuki; 9. The limits of psychiatric reform in Argentina, 1890-1946 Jonathan D. Ablard; 10. Becoming mad in revolutionary Mexico: mentally ill patients at the General Insane Asylum, Mexico, 1910-30 Cristina Rivera-Garza; 11. Psychiatry and confinement in India Sanjeev Jain; 12. Confinements and colonialism in Nigeria Jonathan Sadowsky; 13. 'Ireland's crowded madhouses': the institutional confinement of the insane in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland Elizabeth Malcolm; 14. The administration of insanity in England, 1800-70 Elaine Murphy.

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2003 collection of international essays exploring the rise of the lunatic asylum in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


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

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