Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Oxford History of the Laws of EnglandVolume XIII: 1820–1914 Fields of Development$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

William Cornish, J Stuart Anderson, Ray Cocks, Michael Lobban, Patrick Polden, and Keith Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239757.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 23 November 2020

Insanity and Mental Deficiency

Insanity and Mental Deficiency

Chapter:
(p.823) VI Insanity and Mental Deficiency
Source:
The Oxford History of the Laws of England
Author(s):

William Cornish

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239757.003.0028

This chapter discusses law covering the mentally disturbed or deficient in the 19th century. The laws affecting those mentally incapacitated became bulky during this period, and much of its flesh had to do with administering the regimes under which they would be kept. Lawyers, medical personnel, managers of institutions, and others, needed instruction on their legal powers and responsibilities, as is evidenced by the considerable growth in legal texts on the subject. Of all the issues, the most basic was institutional restraint, since it involved such a gross infraction of personal freedom. With the obviously deranged, it was not difficult to conclude that any refusal by them to be locked away would have to be overridden; but in less evident cases, the question of involuntary detention could be very difficult.

Keywords:   English law, mental health, social policy, mentally disturbed, detention

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .