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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 Board of Control

The Board of Control

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The Problem of Mental Deficiency

Mathew Thomson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the Board of Control, the government department created under the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act in Great Britain to handle all mental health care issues. It shows how the board's character affected the interdepartmental and intradepartmental politics of mental deficiency and shaped both the medical and administrative dimensions of the problem. It explains that the special character of the Board has caused the bifurcation between children and adults, lay behind the limited realization of segregation, and led to consideration of the alternative solutions of sterilization and community care.

Keywords:   Board of Control, mental health care, sterilization, segregation

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