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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Alexander Cruden Anatomy Anatomy of Melancholy argued Battie Battie's became Bedlam Bethlem Bethlem Hospital Blackmore body brain Brislington Burton Carkesse Cheyne common confinement course Cowper Cruden cure Darwin delusion Devil disease disorders distemper disturbed divine doctors eighteenth century England English malady Enlightenment Erasmus Darwin Foucault Francis Willis George George III Georgian Hospital House human humoralism Hunter and Macalpine hypochondriac Ibid imagination insanity institutions John Johnson later least Locke Locke's lunacy mad-doctors madmen madness maniac Mary Parish medicine mental mind Monro moral therapy Nathaniel Cotton nerves nervous nineteenth century Pargeter particular passions patients Perceval person physical physician poet possession private asylums private madhouses proved psychiatry public asylums rational reason religious melancholy Richard Blackmore Samuel Samuel Johnson sane sanity sense social soul spirits spleen St Luke's sufferers symptoms therapeutic Thomas Thomas Arnold thought tion traditional treated Treatise treatment Tuke Wesley Wharton William Willis York Retreat