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Madness at HomeThe Psychiatrist, the Patient, and the Family in England, 1820-1860$
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Akihito Suzuki

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245808

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245808.001.0001

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Commissions of Lunacy

Commissions of Lunacy

Background, Sources, and Content

(p.12) One Commissions of Lunacy
Madness at Home

Akihito Suzuki

University of California Press

This chapter serves as a general introduction to the records of commissions of lunacy and elucidates major problems illuminated through the examination of such sources. It details the scandal involving the third Earl of Portsmouth, his second wife, Mary Anne, and her lover, William Rowland Alder that erupted in February 1823, and discusses the “reform in lunacy” in the early nineteenth century. The chapter then presents a brief overview of the history of the commission of lunacy.

Keywords:   commission of lunacy, Earl of Portsmouth, reform in lunacy, records, history

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