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Strategic voices of care and compassion. Describing the mad, their afflictions and situations in Amsterdam and Utrecht in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (2018)


Painting a picture of the lives of the early modern mad outside institutions has not yet been done in the Netherlands. However, by looking at notarial documents and admission requests, we can learn more about how the mad were cared for outside the institutions, and the impact their behaviour had on the people close to them. Investigating these sources for both Amsterdam and Utrecht in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries has unravelled a story of community care in which families played a key role and used their options strategically. Furthermore, it has also revealed a complicated story about the way communities dealt with the behaviour of the mad, involving great personal struggles, breaking points and compassion.

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Greta
Malcolm, Elizabeth
Kelly, James G.
Geary, Laurence M.
Froggatt, Peter
McGeachie, James
History of Psychiatry
Social History of Medicine
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Health and History
Historical Journal
International Specialized Book Services
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom
Presses Universitaires de Rennes
Bloomsbury Academic
Medicine and society
Psychiatric hospitals
Mental disorders and diseases
Health care
Wilde, Robert Willis
Frame, James
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
17th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
20th century
Great Britain
London (England)
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Catholic University of Ireland (Dublin)
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Scottish Union of Mental Patients

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