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Title: Perceptions of Lunacy in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain.
Author: Donnelly, M. J.
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 1977
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This is a stucly of the forme.tive period of w.eG.ical :ps;ychology, the disci -oline \:;hich p:.:·eceedecl and prepared the groued for modern psychiatry. It is based primarily on British materials, and concerns roughly the period fran 1790 to 1845· From this vc:-; tl1e study tries to recount certe.i11 of t'::1e conditions, both L1sti tu tional and il institutions. In tl1e late eighteenth century there were few asylumE; in :3ri tain, or other resiclential esocablishments reserveu specifical for the insane; by the late nineteenth ~entury, however, there was a national system of lunatic asyluns and hospitals, which catered for the majority of insane patients 2.ncl cons ti ccutecl the treatment of choice for nen;;,r forms of ins ani t3r. 'i'he c~evelopELent of separate ::Cwspi tc:_ls 2.nd a.syluins for the ':Thic~'l culmina tecl in the -'unac;;r Acts of 1845. Charters ii a.nCJ_ iii s~etch certain of the pervasive ideological concerns which shaned the progra~~~e of ~i~eteenth-century lunacy reform, and which made the new psycholocical techniques of medical psychology distinctive. Chapter iv presents a critical survey of the extant statistics of insanj_ ty, an~- tries to infer something of the contenporary character of •madness' and the social characteristics o~ its victir.1s. The balance of the study presents other, less systematic con·seLlJJOrar;;r reJ)resenta/cions of the insane and the several -uroa
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