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Madness and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Oxford Studies in Social History)

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How did people view mental health problems in the eighteenth century, and what do the attitudes of ordinary people towards those afflicted tell us about the values of society at that time? Here, Rab Houston draws upon a wide range of contemporary sources including asylum documents, civil and criminal court records, including the written and spoken words of sufferers themselves, to present unique insights into the many issues related to madness. A detailed yet profoundly humane and compassionate study, this book describes the everyday experiences of those suffering mental impairments ranging from idiocy to lunacy and explores the many meanings and implications for society in the eighteenth century.

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How did people view mental health problems in the eighteenth century, and what do the attitudes of ordinary people towards those afflicted tell us about the values of society at that time? Here, Rab Houston draws upon a wide range of contemporary sources including asylum documents, civil and criminal court records, including the written and spoken words of sufferers themselves, to present unique insights into the many issues related to madness. A detailed yet profoundly humane and compassionate study, this book describes the everyday experiences of those suffering mental impairments ranging from idiocy to lunacy and explores the many meanings and implications for society in the eighteenth century.

Table of Contents

1. Methodology - Mental Incapacity in the Present and in the Past

2. Sources and the Law

3. Patterns of Madness

4. Being Mad

5. Being Sane

6. Mind and Body: The Causes of Insanity

7. Madness and Religion

8. The Language of Insanity 1: Words About the Insane

9. The Language of Insanity 2: The Words of the Insane

Conclusion

Glossary

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198207870
Author:
Houston, R. A.
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History, World | British | 18th C
Subject:
History
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - Scotland
Subject:
Mental illness - Scotland - History -
Subject:
Mental illness - Scotland - Public opinion -
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Psychology - Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Oxford studies in social history
Series Volume:
86-15
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 tables
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
5.7 x 8.7 x 1.5 in 1.456 lb

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General

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"Synopsis" by , How did people view mental health problems in the eighteenth century, and what do the attitudes of ordinary people towards those afflicted tell us about the values of society at that time? Here, Rab Houston draws upon a wide range of contemporary sources including asylum documents, civil and criminal court records, including the written and spoken words of sufferers themselves, to present unique insights into the many issues related to madness. A detailed yet profoundly humane and compassionate study, this book describes the everyday experiences of those suffering mental impairments ranging from idiocy to lunacy and explores the many meanings and implications for society in the eighteenth century.
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