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Victorian Lunacy
Richard M. Bucke and the Practice of Late Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry


Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521172820

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  • Using the career of Richard M. Bucke at the London Asylum in Canada as its focus, this 1986 book explores the theory and practice of late nineteenth-century psychiatry. The study describes the medical context that nurtured Victorian alienists, while their professional sphere - the asylum – is considered as an autonomous social community, often at odds with the intentions of its ostensible masters. Psychiatric theory is discussed less as an objective body of biomedical knowledge than as a product of the social turmoil that characterized the final decades of the nineteenth century. Unlike many other studies of nineteenth-century psychiatry, this book does not restrict itself to a single national experience, but adopts an explicitly Anglo-American perspective. Rather than restricting attention to political or institutional factors, it accords major significance to the role of ideas in determining the character of late Victorian psychiatry.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521172820
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of illustrations
    Note on primary sources
    1. The topography of a Victorian medical life
    2. The human ecology of the London Asylum
    3. Toward a secular physiology of mind
    4. The social genesis of etiological speculation
    5. Treatment tactics and professional aspirations

  • Author

    Samuel Edward Dole Shortt

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