The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840-1880 (Hardback)Wendy Gonaver (author)
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Drawing from these institutions' untapped archives, Gonaver reveals how slavery influenced ideas about patient liberty, about the proper relationship between caregiver and patient, about what constituted healthy religious belief and unhealthy fanaticism, and about gender. This early form of psychiatric care acted as a precursor to public health policy for generations, and Gonaver's book fills an important gap in the historiography of mental health and race in the nineteenth century.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
Provides a fascinating glimpse of the origins of humane treatment of the mentally ill and a sound indictment of nineteenth-century pseudoscientific thought.--Choice
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