Sarah Wise: Inconvenient People - Lunacy, Liberty And The Mad-Doctors In Victorian England (Bodley Head)
At the end of a study that reprises the cases of various individuals locked up in dubious circumstances and subjected to the attentions of the "mad-doctors" of their times for being of "unsound mind", Wise draws this conclusion "...
At the end of a study that reprises the cases of various individuals locked up in dubious circumstances and subjected to the attentions of the \"mad-doctors\" of their times for being of \"unsound mind\", Wise draws this conclusion \"...
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Review: Lesley McDowell
until the misuses of Darwinist theory began to make their impact in the early twentieth century, little 'advance' or significant change can be traced in psychological medicine".
The incarceration of healthy women, sometimes by scheming relatives, servants or unhappy spouses, was highlighted in Elaine Showalter's The Female Malady: Women, Madness And English Culture (1830-1980). Lisa Appignanesi also cast a cynical eye over the treatment of women by psychiatrists in Mad, Bad And Sad: A History Of Women And The Mind Doctors From 1800 To The Present.
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