TITLE

Lessons from history: asylum patients' Christmas experience

AUTHOR(S)
Carpenter, Diane
PUB. DATE
December 2011
SOURCE
British Journal of Nursing;12/6/2011, Vol. 20 Issue 22, p1413
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article outlines the asylum building programme of the mid-to-late nineteenth century and focuses on case studies of the two Hampshire asylums built during this period, the subject of the author's doctoral thesis. It demonstrates the plight of 'pauper lunatics' before asylum reform and contrasts this with the improved quality of life provided by the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum and the Borough of Portsmouth Lunatic Asylum respectively. Asylum care during this period followed the moral treatment regime which became the Victorian blueprint for mental health, components of which are illustrated. Criticism of this regime is addressed briefly and arguments are made against anachronistic analysis. Comparison with contemporary in-patient care and treatment is made concluding with a call to reconsider some of the better aspects of earlier care delivery. The particular experience of patients in Hampshire asylums at Christmas is used to exemplify the points raised.
ACCESSION #
74072007

 

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