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              The Asylum as Utopia: W.A.F. Browne and the Mid-Nineteenth Century Consolidation of Psychiatry
               

              The Asylum as Utopia: W.A.F. Browne and the Mid-Nineteenth Century Consolidation of Psychiatry (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $79.99
              • $79.99
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              What Asylums Were, Are, and Ought to Be, first published in 1837, was of considerable significance in the history of lunacy reform in Britain. It contains perhaps the single most influential portrait by a medical author of the horrors of the traditional madhouse system. Its power...ful and ideologically resonant description of the contrasting virtues of the reformed asylum, a hive of therapeutic activity under the benevolent but autocratic guidance and control of its medical superintendent, provided within a brief compass a strikingly attractive alternative vision of an apparently attainable utopia. Browne's book thus provided important impetus to the efforts then under way to make the provision of county asylums compulsory, and towards the institution of a national system of asylum inspection and supervision. This edition, originally published in 1991 as part of the Tavistock Classics in the History of Psychiatry series, contains a lengthy introductory essay by Andrew Scull. Scull discusses the social context within which What Asylums Were, Are, and Ought to Be came to be written, examines the impact of the book on the progress of lunacy reform, and places its author's career in the larger framework of the development of Victorian psychiatry as an organised profession. Through an examination of Browne's tenure as superintendent of the Crichton Royal Asylum in Dumfries, Scull compares the theory and practice of asylum care in the moral treatment era, revealing the remorseless processes through which such philanthropic foundations degenerated into more or less well-tended cemeteries for the still-breathing - institutions almost startlingly remote from Browne's earlier visions of what they ought to be.
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              ISBN 9780415730631
              Released NZ 16 Mar 2015
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Psychology Revivals
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              Social Order/Mental Disorder: Anglo-American Psychiatry in Historical Perspective

              Social Order/Mental Disorder: Anglo-American Psychiatry in Historical Perspective (Hardback)

              By Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $247.00
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              Social Order/Mental Disorder represents a provocative and exciting exploration of social response to madness in England and the United States from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Scull, who is well-known for his previous work in this area, examines a range of issu...es, including the changing social meanings of madness, the emergence and consolidation of the psychiatric profession, the often troubled relationship between psychiatry and the law, the linkages between sex and madness, and the constitution, character, and collapse of the asylum as our standard response to the problems posed by mental disorder. This book is emphatically not part of the venerable tradition of hagiography that has celebrated psychiatric history as a long struggle in which the steady application of rational-scientific principles has produced irregular but unmistakable evidence of progress toward humane treatments for the mentally ill. In fact, Scull contends that traditional mental hospitals, for much of their existence, resembled cemeteries for the still breathing, medical hubris having at times served to license dangerous, mutilating, even life-threatening experiments on the dead souls confined therein. He argues that only the sociologically blind would deny that psychiatrists are deeply involved in the definition and identification of what constitutes madness in our world - hence, claims that mental illness is a purely naturalistic category, somehow devoid of contamination by the social, are taken to be patently absurd. Scull points out, however, that the commitment to examine psychiatry and its ministrations with a critical eye by no means entails the romantic idea that the problems it deals with are purely the invention of the professional mind, or the Manichean notion that all psychiatric interventions are malevolent and ill-conceived. It is the task of unromantic criticism that is attempted in this book.
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              ISBN 9781138315891
              Released NZ 17 Oct 2018
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Routledge Library Editions: Psychiatry
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              Masters of Bedlam: The Transformation of the Mad-Doctoring Trade
                

              Masters of Bedlam: The Transformation of the Mad-Doctoring Trade (Hardback)

              By Scull, Andrew; MacKenzie, Charlotte; Hervey, Nicholas

              • RRP: $530.50
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              Through an examination of the fascinating lives and careers of a series of nineteenth-century mad-doctors, Masters of Bedlam provides a unique perspective on the creation of the modern profession of psychiatry, taking us from the secret and shady practices of the trade in lunacy,... through the utopian expectations that were aroused by the lunacy re
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              ISBN 9780691637327
              Released NZ 1 Apr 2016
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Princeton Legacy Library
              Language (English)
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              Most Solitary of Afflictions: Madness and Society in Britain, 1700-1900
               

              Most Solitary of Afflictions: Madness and Society in Britain, 1700-1900 (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

              By Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $80.99
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              Andrew Scull studies the evolution of the treatment of lunacy in England, tracing transformations in social practices & beliefs, the development of institutional management of the mad, & exposing the contrasts between the expectations of asylum founders & the harsh realities of i...nstitutional life.
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              ISBN 9780300107548
              Released NZ 15 May 2005
              Publisher Yale University Press
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              Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

              Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine (Paperback)

              By Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $35.00
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              'A brilliant cultural history ... Scull's book fills a gap in the literature and deserves to be widely read ... outstanding' The Times

              ISBN 9780500295632
              Released NZ 30 Mar 2020
              Publisher Thames and Hudson (Australia)
              Interest Age General Audience
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              The Asylum as Utopia (Psychology Revivals): W.A.F. Browne and the Mid-Nineteenth Century Consolidation of Psychiatry
               

              The Asylum as Utopia (Psychology Revivals): W.A.F. Browne and the Mid-Nineteenth Century Consolidation of Psychiatry (Hardback)

              Edited by Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $341.00
              • $341.00
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              What Asylums Were, Are, and Ought to Be, first published in 1837, was of considerable significance in the history of lunacy reform in Britain. It contains perhaps the single most influential portrait by a medical author of the horrors of the traditional madhouse system. Its power...ful and ideologically resonant description of the contrasting virtues of the reformed asylum, a hive of therapeutic activity under the benevolent but autocratic guidance and control of its medical superintendent, provided within a brief compass a strikingly attractive alternative vision of an apparently attainable utopia. Browne's book thus provided important impetus to the efforts then under way to make the provision of county asylums compulsory, and towards the institution of a national system of asylum inspection and supervision. This edition, originally published in 1991 as part of the Tavistock Classics in the History of Psychiatry series, contains a lengthy introductory essay by Andrew Scull. Scull discusses the social context within which What Asylums Were, Are, and Ought to Be came to be written, examines the impact of the book on the progress of lunacy reform, and places its author's career in the larger framework of the development of Victorian psychiatry as an organised profession. Through an examination of Browne's tenure as superintendent of the Crichton Royal Asylum in Dumfries, Scull compares the theory and practice of asylum care in the moral treatment era, revealing the remorseless processes through which such philanthropic foundations degenerated into more or less well-tended cemeteries for the still-breathing - institutions almost startlingly remote from Browne's earlier visions of what they ought to be.
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              ISBN 9780415730600
              Released NZ 9 Sep 2013
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Psychology Revivals
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              Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine

              Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $32.99
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              Convinced that he had uncovered the single source of psychosis, Henry Cotton, superintendent of the Trenton State Hospital, New Jersey, launched a ruthless campaign to 'eliminate the perils of pus infection'. This book reconstructs a nightmarish, cautionary chapter in modern psyc...hiatry when professionals failed to police themselves.
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              ISBN 9780300126709
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2007
              Publisher Yale University Press
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Psychiatry and Its Discontents

              Psychiatry and Its Discontents (Hardback)

              By Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $75.00
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              <![CDATA[Written by one of the world's most distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the profession that dominates the treatment of mental illness. Andrew Scull traces the rise of the field, the mid...century hegemony of psychoanalytic methods, and the paradigm's decline with the ascendance of biological and pharmaceutical approaches to mental illness. The book's historical sweep is broad, ranging from the age of the asylum to the rise of psychopharmacology and the dubious triumphs of "community care." The essays in Psychiatry and Its Discontents provide a vivid and compelling portrait of the recurring crises of legitimacy experienced by "mad-doctors," as psychiatrists were once called, and illustrates the impact of psychiatry's ideas and interventions on the lives of those afflicted with mental illness.]]>
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              ISBN 9780520305496
              Released NZ 15 Jul 2019
              Publisher University of California Press
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              Social Order/Mental Disorder: Anglo-American Psychiatry in Historical Perspective
               

              Social Order/Mental Disorder: Anglo-American Psychiatry in Historical Perspective (Paperback)

              By Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $70.99
              • $70.99
              • Pub Date
                17 Oct 20

              Social Order/Mental Disorder represents a provocative and exciting exploration of social response to madness in England and the United States from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Scull, who is well-known for his previous work in this area, examines a range of issu...es, including the changing social meanings of madness, the emergence and consolidation of the psychiatric profession, the often troubled relationship between psychiatry and the law, the linkages between sex and madness, and the constitution, character, and collapse of the asylum as our standard response to the problems posed by mental disorder. This book is emphatically not part of the venerable tradition of hagiography that has celebrated psychiatric history as a long struggle in which the steady application of rational-scientific principles has produced irregular but unmistakable evidence of progress toward humane treatments for the mentally ill. In fact, Scull contends that traditional mental hospitals, for much of their existence, resembled cemeteries for the still breathing, medical hubris having at times served to license dangerous, mutilating, even life-threatening experiments on the dead souls confined therein. He argues that only the sociologically blind would deny that psychiatrists are deeply involved in the definition and identification of what constitutes madness in our world - hence, claims that mental illness is a purely naturalistic category, somehow devoid of contamination by the social, are taken to be patently absurd. Scull points out, however, that the commitment to examine psychiatry and its ministrations with a critical eye by no means entails the romantic idea that the problems it deals with are purely the invention of the professional mind, or the Manichean notion that all psychiatric interventions are malevolent and ill-conceived. It is the task of unromantic criticism that is attempted in this book.
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              ISBN 9781138315983
              Released NZ 17 Oct 2020
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Routledge Library Editions: Psychiatry
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              Undertaker of the Mind: John Monro and Mad-Doctoring in Eighteenth-Century England
               

              Undertaker of the Mind: John Monro and Mad-Doctoring in Eighteenth-Century England (Hardback)

              By Andrews, Jonathan; Scull, Andrew

              • RRP: $110.99
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              As visiting physician to Bethlem Hospital, Britain's first public institution for the insane, Dr. John Monro (1715-1791) was a celebrity in his own day. This study explores Monro's life. This book includes individual case histories of Monro's patients.

              ISBN 9780520231511
              Released NZ 15 Nov 2001
              Publisher University of California Press
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Medicine and Society
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