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Houses of MadnessInsanity and Asylums of Bengal in Nineteenth-century India$
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Debjani Das

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199458875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458875.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Houses of Madness

Debjani Das

Oxford University Press

The historiography of ‘colonial psychiatry’ has opened up a broad scope of subject areas in mental illness and asylum practices. The introduction looks at some of the scholarly work done on insanity and asylums of India, America, and Europe in the nineteenth century. It focuses on the nineteenth century as this was the period when various definitions of insanity evolved, several asylums were built in India, and rules, regulations, and acts were passed to govern the mentally ill.

Keywords:   colonial psychiatry, mental illness, asylum practices, asylums, asylum rules

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