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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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The Role of Asylum Staff in the Treatment of Insanity

The Role of Asylum Staff in the Treatment of Insanity

(p.198) 4 The Role of Asylum Staff in the Treatment of Insanity
Houses of Madness

Debjani Das

Oxford University Press

As moral treatment increased in importance, the necessity of employing asylum attendants became a cause of concern for the asylum physicians. The asylum staff were an indispensable part of the asylum management. Their duties involved the care, treatment, security, and welfare of the patients. This chapter shows that there existed a symbiotic relationship between the asylum staff and the inmates—any harm caused to one affected the other.

Keywords:   asylum staff, medical attendants, asylum management, physicians, patient welfare

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