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From bedlam to psychiatry - The history of madness in Britain


From bedlam to psychiatry - the history of madness in Britain
Rsearch Associate, Oxford Brookes University
Tuesday 15 March
This Lecture will trace the history of the care of treatment of the mentally ill in Britain from early modern to modern times. It will focus on some of the major changes in social and medical responses to those who were termed variously ‘mad’, ‘lunatic’, ‘distracted’, ‘demented’, or merely ‘nervous’. Where previously the ‘mad’ has been mostly cared by their families within their communities, increasingly institutional and medical solutions were sought. These transitions will be linked with the changing social attitudes to insanity in the period 1900.

Jonathan Andrews is a Research Associate, specialising in the History of Medicine, at Oxford Brookes University. He has published widely in the history of psychiatry, including (jointly authored) A History of Bethlem (Routledge, 1997); They’re in the Trade of Lunacy (Wellcome Institute, 1998); (with Andrew Scull), Undertaker of the Mind (University of California Press, 2001) and Customers and Patrons of the Mad Trade (University of California Press, 2003) and (with Anne Digby) Sex and Seclusion, Class and Custody (Rodopi, 2004). He is reviews editor of the journal History of Psychiatry, and on the advisory editorial board of that journal and of the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry. He is currently working on criminal insanity in Britain during ca. 1860-1913.

Unless otherwise noted, lectures start at 5.30, last one hour and take place in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, which sits directly across the road from Haymarket Metro Station. All lectures are free and the public are encouraged to attend. In the event of an over-capacity audience we provide audio-relay to a second lecture theatre.


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Date and Time:

15 March 2005 at 5:30 pm


1 hour



Insights - Lectures for the Public
The University of Newcastle
Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 222 6136

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The venue, Newcastle University, Curtis Auditorium is in the Herschel Building, opposite Haymarket Metro station, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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