Andrew Scull, 29 September 1988
Show More Mind Forg’d Manacles: A History of Madness in England from the Restoration to the Regency by Roy Porter.
Athlone, 412 pp., £25, August 1987, 0 485 11324 4Show More
The Past and the Present Revisited by Lawrence Stone.
Routledge, 440 pp., £19.95, October 1987, 0 7102 1253 4Show More
Sufferers and Healers: The Experience of Illness in 17th-Century England by Lucinda McCray Beier.
Routledge, 314 pp., £30, December 1987, 0 7102 1053 1Show More
Illness and Self in Society by Claudine Herzlich and Janine Pierret, translated by Elborg Forster.
Johns Hopkins, 271 pp., £20.25, January 1988, 0 8018 3228 4Show More
Medicine and Society in Wakefield and Huddersfield 1780-1870 by Hilary Marland.
Cambridge, 503 pp., £40, September 1987, 0 521 32575 7Show More
A Social History of Madness: Stories of the Insane by Roy Porter.
Weidenfeld, 261 pp., £14.95, October 1987, 0 297 79223 7Show More
“... For nearly two centuries now, the treatment of the mad in Georgian England has been almost uniformly portrayed in the darkest hues. Nineteenth-century lunacy reformers pictured the preceding age as mired in ignorance and cruelty, conjuring up indelible images of monstrous madhouse-keepers beating their patients into submission, chaining them up like wild beasts in foul holding-pens filled with shit, straw and stench; of the callous, jeering crowd – urban sophisticates and country bumpkins alike – thronging to Bedlam in their thousands to view the splendid entertainment offered by the spectacle of the raging and raving mad ...”