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Sex, Religion, and the Making of Modern Madness: The Eberbach Asylum and German Society 1815-1849

Ann Goldberg

Abstract

How did the affliction we now know as insanity move from a religious phenomenon to a medical one? How did social class, gender, and ethnicity affect the experience of mental trauma and the way psychiatrists diagnosed and treated patients? In answering these questions, this important volume mines the rich and unusually detailed records of one of Germany's first modern insane asylums, the Eberbach Asylum in the duchy of Nassau. It is a book on the historical relationship between madness and modernity that both builds upon and challenges Michel Foucault's landmark work on this topic, a bold study ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195125818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195125818.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Goldberg, author