The Confinement of the Insane: International Perspectives, 1800–1965

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Roy Porter, David Wright
Cambridge University Press, Aug 7, 2003 - Medical
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The rise of the asylum constitutes one of the most profound, and controversial, events in the history of medicine. Academics around the world have begun to direct their attention to the origins of the confinement of those deemed 'insane', exploring patient records in an attempt to understand the rise of the asylum within the wider context of social and economic change of nations undergoing modernisation. Originally published in 2003, this edited volume brings together thirteen original research papers to answer key questions in the history of asylums. What forces led to the emergence of mental hospitals in different national contexts? To what extent did patient populations vary in terms of their psychiatric profile and socio-economic background? What was the role of families, communities and the medical profession in the confinement process? This volume therefore represents a landmark study in the history of psychiatry by examining asylum confinement in a global context.

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Yes the era has come dear world in-where a man cannot defend himself in the realms of his own mind, very sad.
The truth is that the term "Insanity" was made by man to name an illness that could not
be proven and would cover the evilness of man. It is your job to now tell everyone the truth. The world is suffering we are all victims of the abuse of a supposed chemical imbalance in the brain that has a reputation. Evident from all the psychiatric wards that are filled with innocent victims that we as a society are made to be afraid of. please spread the clear message today OR allow evil to win it is up to you. THANKS INSANITY IS A LIE IT HAS NO PROOF 

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Cery Vaud and BelAir Genev asylums
voluntary committal in Parisian asylum 18761914
the Hamilton and Toronto asylums c 18611891
the role of the police in committals of the insane in Victoria Australia 18481900
case record study of psychiatric patients in Germany 19191960
the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum and State Hospital 18281920
8 The state family and the insane in Japan 19001945
9 The limits of psychiatric reform in Argentina 18901946
mentally ill patients at the General Insane Asylum Mexico 19101930
11 Psychiatry and confinement in India
12 Confinement and colonialism in Nigeria
the institutional confinement of the insane in nineteenth and twentiethcentury Ireland
14 The administration of insanity in England 1800 to 1870

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