Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum

Doctors, Patients, and Practices

by Jennifer Wallis

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Book Description

This book explores how the body was investigated in the late nineteenth-century asylum in Britain. As more and more Victorian asylum doctors looked to the bodily fabric to reveal the 'truth' of mental disease, a whole host of techniques and technologies were brought to bear upon the patient's body. These practices encompassed the clinical and the pathological, from testing the patient's reflexes to dissecting the brain.Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum takes a unique approach to the topic, conducting a chapter-by-chapter dissection of the body. It considers how asylum doctors viewed and investigated the skin, muscles, bones, brain, and bodily fluids. The book demonstrates the importance of the body in nineteenth-century psychiatry as well as how the asylum functioned as a site of research, and will be of value to historians of psychiatry, the body, and scientific practice.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum ebook for free in PDF format (5.2 MB).

Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2017
Pages
283
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783319567136
ISBN10
3319567136
ISBN13 Digital
9783319567143
ISBN10 Digital
3319567144
PDF Size
5.2 MB
License
CC BY

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