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Mental Disability in Victorian England: The Earlswood Asylum 1847-1901
by David Wright
Recently, we have witnessed a growing scholarly interest in the history of disability. In this book, David Wright investigates the social history of institutionalization and reveals the diversity of the "insane" population and the complexities of institutional committal in Victorian England--using the National Asylum for Idiots (Earlswood) as a case study. He contends that ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by OUP Oxford
(first published October 4th 2001)
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Based on the surgeons PhD, this book powered an interesting insight into the development of mental health care in the victorian era. Packed full of statistics and eye witness data, it is a wonderful collection of information that sheds light on attitudes towards mental illness and shows how far we have now come in understanding these problems.