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Victorian Lunacy: Richard M. Bucke and the Practice of Late Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry

Victorian Lunacy: Richard M. Bucke and the Practice of Late Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry

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Using the career of Richard M. Bucke at the London Asylum in Canada as its focus, this 1986 book explores the theory and practice of late nineteenth-century psychiatry. The study describes the medical context that nurtured Victorian alienists, while their professional sphere - the asylum - is considered as an autonomous social community, often at odds with the intentions of its ostensible masters. Psychiatric theory is discussed less as an objective body of biomedical knowledge than as a product of the social turmoil that characterized the final decades of the nineteenth century. Unlike many other studies of nineteenth-century psychiatry, this book does not restrict itself to a single national experience, but adopts an explicitly Anglo-American perspective. Rather than restricting attention to political or institutional factors, it accords major significance to the role of ideas in determining the character of late Victorian psychiatry.

Author: Shortt Samuel Edward Dole, Samuel Edward Dole Shortt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 02/17/2011
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.74lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.51d
ISBN: 9780521172820

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