Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-doctors in Victorian England (Paperback)
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Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-doctors in Victorian England (Paperback)

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This book was shortlisted for the Welcome Book Prize. Gaslight tales of rooftop escapes, men and women snatched in broad daylight, patients shut in coffins, a fanatical cult known as the Abode of Love. The nineteenth century saw repeated panics about sane individuals being locked away in lunatic asylums. With the rise of the 'mad-doctor' profession, English liberty seemed to be threatened by a new generation of medical men willing to incarcerate difficult family members in return for the high fees paid by an unscrupulous spouse or friend. Sarah Wise uncovers twelve shocking stories, untold for over a century and reveals the darker side of the Victorian upper and middle classes - their sexuality, fears of inherited madness, financial greed and fraudulence - and chillingly evoke the black motives at the heart of the phenomenon of the 'inconvenient person'.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099541868

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“Really interesting and engaging”

With several case studies and lots of background, this is a well researched and incredibly interesting insight into the running of Victorian asylums. From religious cults to people deemed insane because they were too... More

Hardback edition
15th July 2013
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“Inconvenient People”

A fascinating book featuring 12 case histories of people who were incarcerated in lunatic asylums by overzealous doctors and greedy relatives. While this could have been a dry, academic tome, it is in fact a very... More

Hardback edition
16th November 2012
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“Inconvienient People”

This is a surperbly researched, intelligent and accessible book featuring 12 in depth case studies of people who were incarcerated in lunatic asylums in the Victorian era - people who were simply convienient targets... More

Hardback edition
8th November 2012
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