Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum

Culture and Anarchy

insanity and the lunatic asylum_frontInsanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century was published in December, a book which grew out of a conference I organised back in 2010 (you can read a report here), and which I’ve been editing with a colleague, Thomas Knowles. It’s a project which has been a long time coming, but we’re delighted with the final book and immensely grateful to our contributors, who have produced some outstanding chapters for the book, and to our editors at Pickering & Chatto. We’ve just had our first review, on the Criminal Lunacy blog written by David J. Vaughan, and I’m delighted it’s so positive about the book. Among other things, it says ‘it opens up a fascinating treasure chest of anecdotal and statistical material,’ and ‘as a collection of thought on the heavily nuanced subject of insanity and its place in – or, more accurately, beyond – nineteenth…

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2 thoughts on “Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum

  1. When I was first in the LAS, from 1979, many of those Victorian asylums were still around, not a lot different to how they operated eighty years earlier. Friern Barnet, Springfield, and many others on the edges of London, with crowded wards, and disturbed psychiatric patients wandering in the corridors. Terrible places, best demolished. Most are now modern housing estates, or converted into plush flats.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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