Customers and Patrons of the Mad-Trade: The Management of Lunacy in Eighteenth-Century London - Medicine and Society 12 (Hardback)
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Customers and Patrons of the Mad-Trade: The Management of Lunacy in Eighteenth-Century London - Medicine and Society 12 (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 21/01/2003
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This book is a lively commentary on the eighteenth-century mad-business, its practitioners, its patients (or "customers"), and its patrons, viewed through the unique lens of the private case book kept by the most famous mad-doctor in Augustan England, Dr. John Monro (1715-1791). Monro's case book, comprising the doctor's jottings on patients he saw in the course of his private practice--patients drawn from a great variety of social strata--offers an extraordinary window into the subterranean world of the mad-trade in eighteenth-century London. The volume concludes with a complete edition of the case book itself, transcribed in full with editorial annotations by the authors. In the fragmented stories Monro's case book provides, Andrews and Scull find a poignant underworld of human psychological distress, some of it strange and some quite familiar. They place these "cases" in a real world where John Monro and othersuccessful doctors were practicing, not to say inventing, the diagnosis and treatment of madness.

Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 9780520226609
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

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