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Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society$
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Michael W. Dols

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202219.001.0001

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The Treatment Of The Insane

The Treatment Of The Insane

(p.112) 6 The Treatment Of The Insane
Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society

Michael W. Dols

Diana E. Immisch

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the rare historical descriptions of the care of the insane. The treatment of medical madness has been discussed under three sub-topics: hospital care, family care, and psychotherapy. This chapter traces the historical evolution of Islamic hospitals and the wards for the insane in them. Among the hospitals that appeared throughout the Islamic world, perhaps the most famous one was the one created in Cairo by the Egyptian sultan al-Man∼ur Qala'un.

Keywords:   medical madness, hospital care, family care, psychotherapy, Islamic hospitals, insane treatment

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