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Cure, Comfort and Safe Custody: Public Lunatic Asylums in Early Nineteenth-Century England Hardcover – 1 Jun 1999

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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; First Edition, First Printing edition (1 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718500946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718500948
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,755,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a study of the pioneer early county asylums, which were intended to provide for the 'cure', and 'safe custody' of people suffering from the ravages of insanity. It considers the origins of the asylums, how they were managed, the people who staffed them, their treatment practices, and the experiences of the people who were incarcerated. 'Community care' in the late twentieth century has led us to abandon the network of nineteenth century lunatic asylums. This book reminds us of the ideals that lay behind them. The book contains extensive material regarding particular cities/counties, e.g. Nottingham, Lincoln, Stafford, Wakefield, Lancaster, Bedford, West Riding, Norfolk, Cornwall, Dorset, Suffolk, etc.

About the Author

Leonard D. Smith is a social worker with the Psychiatric Emergency Team, Northern Birmingham Mental Health Trust/Birmingham Social Services. He is also an Honorary Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Research in the Humanities at the University of Birmingham.

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