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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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Destabilizing the Domestic Psychiatric Regime

Destabilizing the Domestic Psychiatric Regime

(p.119) Five Destabilizing the Domestic Psychiatric Regime
Madness at Home

Akihito Suzuki

University of California Press

This chapter examines the difficulties of domestic psychiatry in a historical context, arguing that practicing domestic psychiatry in the early nineteenth century presented historically specific difficulties. It analyzes those aspects of the difficulty of domestic psychiatry that were conditioned by social and cultural forces then present. By close examination of the sources, one can uncover a certain historicity in the hardship experienced by the family in coping with an insane member. The chapter highlights two major concerns for the family that wanted to control a lunatic at home: the first was the danger posed to the family's property; the second was the lunatic's behavior in public. Families were worried about lunatics' mismanagement of their property and the possibility of their being taken advantage of by unscrupulous persons. Depriving lunatics of their civil rights and protecting their property were the reasons for seeking commissions of lunacy.

Keywords:   domestic psychiatry, lunatics, family members, social factors, cultural factors, family property

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