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Family Influence and Psychiatric Care: Physical Treatments in Devon Mental Hospitals, c. 1920 to the 1970s (2013)


`What is it that appears to make the mentally ill so vulnerable to therapeutic experimentation?' One commentator wrote in the 1990s, regarding mental hospitals as repressive, coercive and custodial institutions where medical staff subjected patients to orgies of experimentation. A careful study of surviving documents of the Devon County Lunatic Asylum (DCLA), however, paints a different picture. Rather than medical staff, patients' relatives and the wider community exercised a considerable influence over a patient's hospital admission and discharge, rendering the therapeutic regime in the middle of the 20th century the result of intense negotiations between the hospital and third parties.

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Authors & Contributors
Borges, Viviane Trindade
Boyce, Niall
Chaney, Sarah
Coleborne, Catharine
Ernst, Waltraud
Hutchison, Iain
History of Psychiatry
Social History of Medicine
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Korean Journal of Medical History
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Grand Central Publishing
Palgrave Macmillan
Open University (United Kingdom)
Psychiatric hospitals
Mental disorders and diseases
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Medicine and society
Clark, David
Griesinger, Wilhelm
Roth, Martin
Willis, Francis
Rosenhan, David
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
18th century
Great Britain
Berlin (Germany)
Manicomio General La Castañeda (Psychiatric Hospital)

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