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Madness at Home – The Psychiatrist, the Patient, and the Family in England, 1820-1860 - California Scholarship Online
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Madness at Home: The Psychiatrist, the Patient, and the Family in England, 1820-1860

Akihito Suzuki


The history of psychiatric institutions and the psychiatric profession is by now familiar: asylums multiplied in nineteenth-century England and psychiatry established itself as a medical specialty around the same time. We are, however, largely ignorant about madness at home in this key period: what were the family's attitudes toward its insane member, what were patient's lives like when they remained at home? Until now, most accounts have suggested that the family and community gradually abdicated responsibility for taking care of mentally ill members to the doctors who ran the asylums. Howeve ... More

Keywords: madness, psychiatric institutions, psychiatry, nineteenth-century England, family, community, insanity, Commissions of Lunacy, asylum, patient

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520245808
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245808.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Akihito Suzuki, author