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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Podcast: 'Revolting to humanity': histories of mental health - UK National Archives

Podcast: 'Revolting to humanity': histories of mental healthThe 19th century ushered in a new way of seeing mental health. For the first time, 'madness' was not a condition understood as an extension of the criminal or poor classes, but as a unique social group in its own right. Central government undertook the beginnings of a structured response to the way in which those suffering from mental health problems were dealt with. By examining the development of this response, it is possible to reveal snapshots of the lives touched by mental illness during this century and the beginning of the century to follow. Sarah Hutton has worked at The National Archives for four years and is a Modern Domestic Records Specialist. She is particularly interested in health in the 19th century

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