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

The Confinement of the Insane: International Perspectives, 1800 1965

Roy Porter

Published August 7th 2003
ISBN : 9780521802062
Hardcover
392 pages
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This collection of essays explores the development of the lunatic asylum, and the concept of confinement for those considered insane, in different national contexts over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Leading scholars in the field of medicalMoreThis collection of essays explores the development of the lunatic asylum, and the concept of confinement for those considered insane, in different national contexts over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Leading scholars in the field of medical history have contributed extensive primary research through individual case studies in the context of the legal, social, economic, and political situations of thirteen different countries. The book represents the first truly international history of the mental hospital, and is, therefore, a landmark comparative study in the history of medicine.