research product . 2020

Asylums : the historical perspective before, during, and after

Houston, Robert;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2020
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Extensive institutionalisation of people with mental disorders has a brief history lasting just 150 years. Yet asylums feature prominently in modern perceptions of psychiatry's development, on a mental map drawn in sharp contrasts between humanity and barbarity, knowledge and ignorance, and good and bad practice. This Review seeks to nuance the standard narrative of asylums by considering the voices and views of those who were in them at different historical timepoints. The arguments are to caution against dismissing inpatient care outright as simply fundamentally misconceived, and to show the ideological background to many structures and changes, which might su...
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free text keywords: psychiatry, asylums, lunacy, insanity, medicine, history, ideology, RA Public aspects of medicine, RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry, NDAS, RA, RC0321
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