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Museums of Madness

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Madness has always puzzled and frightened society and we look back with amusement and condescension at the explanations past centuries have put forward for this phenomenon, confident that modern science has answered all the questions and understood all the problems. Yet what proof have we that the shift from 'madness' to 'mental illness' has been accompanied by any progress in the treatment of the insane?
In Museums of Madness Andrew Scull traces the developments in the treatment of insanity in nineteenth century England, from the iron cages of Bethlem to the non-restraint policies of the reformers. He follows the progress of the movement for reform, analyses the motives of its opponents and assesses its impact on 'the mad trade'. Documentation, explanation, understanding and healthy scepticism make this a fascinating and constantly thought-provoking book.

Item details

Author(s):
Andrew T. Scull
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1979
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0713911077
ISBN-13:
9780713911077
Number of pages:
275
Publisher:
Allen Lane
Title:
Museums of Madness

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Madness has always puzzled and frightened society and we look back with amusement and condescension at the explanations past centuries have put forward for this phenomenon, confident that modern science has answered all the questions and understood all the problems. Yet what proof have we that the shift from 'madness' to 'mental illness' has been accompanied by any progress in the treatment of the insane?
In Museums of Madness Andrew Scull traces the developments in the treatment of insanity in nineteenth century England, from the iron cages of Bethlem to the non-restraint policies of the reformers. He follows the progress of the movement for reform, analyses the motives of its opponents and assesses its impact on 'the mad trade'. Documentation, explanation, understanding and healthy scepticism make this a fascinating and constantly thought-provoking book.

Author(s):
Andrew T. Scull
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1979
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0713911077
ISBN-13:
9780713911077
Number of pages:
275
Publisher:
Allen Lane
Title:
Museums of Madness

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