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The past two decades have seen serious reappraisal of the role of psychiatric institutions and mental health services in modern societies, and in recent years there has been much greater sympathy for the purpose and benefits of dedicated, as well as secure, accommodation from those suffering from more serious forms of mental illness.
Taking forward the debate on the role and power of institutions for treating and incarcerating the insane, this volume challenges this recent scholarship and focuses on a wide range of factors impacting on the care and confinement of the insane since 1850, including:
* the community
* Poor Law authorities
* local government
* the voluntary sector
Questioning the notion that institutions were generally benign and responsive to the needs of households, this work also emphasizes the important role of the diversity of interests in shaping institutional facilities.
A fresh, stimulating step forward in the history of institutional care, Mental Illness and Learning Disability Since 1850 is undoubtedly an important resource for student and scholar alike.