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Cure, Comfort and Safe Custody

Public Lunatic Asylums in Early Nineteenth-century England



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Cure, Comfort and Safe Custody by Leonard D. Smith
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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.

Author Biography

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.
Release date NZ
April 15th, 1999
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
1, black & white illustrations
Leicester University Press
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