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The Problem of Mental DeficiencyEugenics, Democracy, and Social Policy in Britain,
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Mathew Thomson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206927.001.0001

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The Parliamentary Politics of Mental Deficiency

The Parliamentary Politics of Mental Deficiency

(p.36) 1 The Parliamentary Politics of Mental Deficiency
The Problem of Mental Deficiency

Mathew Thomson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses issues relevant to the parliamentary politics of mental deficiency in Great Britain. The British legislature passed the Mental Deficiency Act in 1913 and the Mental Health Act in 1959. This legislative void appears to suggest that there was little parliamentary or party-political debate on the mental deficiency issue during the interwar period. However, historians have already demonstrated that there is no political consensus in this segment of medical service. To understand the real nature of political conflict and consensus related to mental deficiency, this chapter examines the influence of gender, religion, and professional and social backgrounds of politicians on their views on mental deficiency.

Keywords:   mental deficiency, Mental Deficiency Act, Mental Health Act, parliamentary politics

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