The Most Solitary of Afflictions

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Building on, but rethinking and adding substantially to his earlier, widely read Museums of Madness: The Social Organization of Insanity in Nineteenth Century England (1979), Andrew Scull presents a new examination of the 'intractable dilemmas the Victorians confronted in coping with unreason'. He explores the evolution of the treatment of lunacy in England and Wales, discussing topics including 'the chimera of the curative asylum', transformations in social practices and beliefs, and the new profession of psychiatry.

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The Most Solitary of Afflictions

The Most Solitary of Afflictions

Madness and Society in Britain, 1700-1900

Paperback458pp Illustrated

9780300107548     Product Code: 224703

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Building on, but rethinking and adding substantially to his earlier, widely read Museums of Madness: The Social Organization of Insanity in Nineteenth Century England (1979), Andrew Scull presents a new examination of the 'intractable dilemmas the Victorians confronted in coping with unreason'. He explores the evolution of the treatment of lunacy in England and Wales, discussing topics including 'the chimera of the curative asylum', transformations in social practices and beliefs, and the new profession of psychiatry.

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