Madmen: a social history of madhouses, mad-doctors & lunatics
What was it like to be insane in the Georgian England of Mary Wollstonecraft and Coleridge? Indeed, how was the most famous mad person of the century—Shelley’s “old, mad, blind, despised king” George III—treated before his final descent into insanity in 1808? The best-selling popular historian, Roy Porter, looks at the bizarre and savage practices used by doctors for treating those afflicted by manias, ranging from huge doses of opium, blood-letting, and cold water immersion to beatings, confinement in cages, and blistering. The author also reveals how Bethlem—the London asylum created to care for the mentally sick of the capital—was riddled with sadism and embezzlement, and if that wasn’t dehumanizing enough, ogling sightseers were permitted entry—for a fee of course.
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Review: Madmen: A Social History of Madhouses, Mad Doctors & LunaticsUser Review - Simon Wood - Goodreads
THE MADNESS OF GEORGIAN BRITAIN Having always found Roy Porter an interesting historian of Eighteenth Century England (see "English Society in the Eighteenth Century" and "Enlightenment: Britain and ... Read full review
Review: Madmen: A Social History of Madhouses, Mad Doctors & LunaticsUser Review - Kari - Goodreads
Roy Porter draws together a great deal of research and evidence to explore the history of the mad and those who made it their work to treat them. The changing attitudes towards madness and the methods ... Read full review