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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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The Structure of Psychiatric Practice

The Structure of Psychiatric Practice

(p.39) Two The Structure of Psychiatric Practice
Madness at Home

Akihito Suzuki

University of California Press

This chapter looks into the clinical aspects of the relationship between the doctor and the family, and establishes that doctors were intellectually dependent on the information provided by the families despite the fervent aspiration to scientific autonomy expressed in the printed pages of medical treatises. George Man Burrows was one of the most successful psychiatric practitioners in London. The chapter first examines his theory and practice, focusing particularly on the contradiction between what Burrows preached and what he actually did—a contradiction which largely echoed that between medical science and medical practice. It then shows that the two cases of wrongful confinement in which Burrows was involved were outcomes of this contradiction. The chapter concludes by assessing some impacts the Burrows case had, suggesting that English alienists at this time became clearly aware of the indispensable but troublesome role of the family in their business.

Keywords:   doctors, family, psychiatrists, George Man Burrow, medical practice, wrongful confinement

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