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Madness and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

R. A. Houston

Abstract

How did people view mental health problems in the 18th century, and what do the attitudes of ordinary people towards those afflicted tell us about the values of society at that time? This book draws upon a wide range of contemporary sources, notably asylum documents, and civil and criminal court records, to present unique insights into the issues around madness, including the written and spoken words of sufferers themselves, and the vocabulary associated with insanity. The links between madness and ... More

Keywords: madness, society, Scotland, eighteenth century, asylum, insanity, gender, social status, religion, witchcraft

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207870.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. A. Houston, author
University of St Andrews
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