Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

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Jeffrey L. Geller, Maxine Harris
Anchor Books, 1995 - Social Science - 349 pages
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The 26 women who tell their stories here were incarcerated against their will, often by male family members, for holding views or behaving in ways that deviated from the norms of their day. The authors' accompanying history of both societal and psychiatric standards for women reveals the degree to which the prevailing societal conventions could reinforce the perception that these women were mad.

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User Review  - amaraduende - LibraryThing

I feel good reading this for an interesting reason - these women often seem to have little hope in anything other than that someone, someday, would read their words and know what they endured. The ... Read full review

WOMEN OF THE ASYLUM: Voices From Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A hundred years of first-person reports from women committed to mental institutions that seem no less distressing in the 20th century than in the 19th. Geller (Psychiatry/Univ. of Massachusetts) and ... Read full review

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