1st Edition

Institutionalizing the Insane in Nineteenth-Century England

By Anna Shepherd Copyright 2014

    The nineteenth century brought an increased awareness of mental disorder, epitomized in the Asylum Acts of 1808 and 1845. Shepherd looks at two very different institutions to provide a nuanced account of the nineteenth-century mental health system.

    Introduction: Contexts of Insanity; Chapter 1 Caring For Surrey’s Insane: Brookwood Asylum and Holloway Sanatorium; Chapter 2 Therapeutic Agents: Doctors and Attendants; Chapter 3 Origins and Journeys: The Patients at Brookwood Asylum and Holloway Sanatorium; Chapter 4 ‘Hurry, Worry, Annoyance and Needless Trouble’: Patients In Residence; Chapter 5 The Taxonomy and Treatment of Insanity; Chapter 6 Suicide, Self-Harm and Madness in the Asylum; Chapter 7 Conclusion;


    Shepherd, Anna