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Mental Disability in Victorian England: The Earlswood Asylum 1847-1901

David Wright


This book contributes to the growing scholarly interest in the history of disability by investigating the emergence of the so-called idiot asylums in England during the Victorian period. Using the National Asylum for Idiots, now known as the Earlswood Asylum, as a case study, it investigates the social history of institutionalisation, privileging the relationship between the medical institution and the society whence its patients came. By concentrating on the importance of patient-centred admission documents, and utilising the benefits of nominal record linkage to other, non-medical sources, t ... More

Keywords: idiot asylums, Earlswood Asylum, Victorian period, social history, institutionalisation, Down's syndrome, mental disability, family, medical treatment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246397
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wright, author
Jason A. Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, McMaster University
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