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Questions in History: Were Nineteenth Century Asylums hospitals or prisons?

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York St John University, York St John University, York, North Yorkshire, YO31 7EX

Tel: 01904876654

Questions in History: Were Nineteenth Century Asylums hospitals or prisons?

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Nineteenth century asylums have come to be observed as gothic palaces, as institutions fit for horror movies, and their inmates the subject of violent caricatures. Yet there is no doubt that, when they were first opened, asylums represented the best of medical practice. They were places of cure and sanctuary for those of unsound mind. How did this practice go so wrong for reformists and asylum superintendents? What was the process of institutionalisation in the nineteenth century? Who were the patients inside the asylums? This talk with Alice Brumby (York St John University) seeks to answer these questions and encourage discussions about best practice in mental health care and wellbeing.

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