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High Ideals Versus Harsh Reality: A Historical Analysis of Mental Health Nursing in Dutch Asylums, 1890–1920

High Ideals Versus Harsh Reality: A Historical Analysis of Mental Health Nursing in Dutch... High Ideals Versus Harsh Reality A Historical Analysis of Mental Health Nursing in Dutch Asylums, 1890-1 920 GEER~E BOSCHMA Faculty of Nursing University of Alberta During the nineteenth century the social response toward problems created by mental illness profoundly changed in Western, industrializing countries. The new approach included the creation of large institutions and the establishment of based care for the mentally ill. Those who pioneered these new strategies usually were convinced that they exemplified progress and scientific advancement. Yet, even then critical voices noted that these new forms of carc were not without their own tensions. While focusing on day-to- day institutional care, this analysis of mental health nursing in Dutch asylums demonstrates that Western societies faced similar problems in caring for the mentally ill, experiencing a large gap between their ideals and reality.' Mental health nursing arose amid a changing medical and social context during the Iate nineteenth century. Psychiatrists established a new system of mental nurse training. Patient records depict the chasm between mental nurses' actual work experience and psychiatrists' aspirations for reform. The new somatic therapies and the mental nurse training psychiatrists introduced proved a poor match for the needs of the mentally ill. Background http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

High Ideals Versus Harsh Reality: A Historical Analysis of Mental Health Nursing in Dutch Asylums, 1890–1920

Nursing History Review , Volume 7 (1): 25 – Jan 1, 1999

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.7.1.127
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High Ideals Versus Harsh Reality A Historical Analysis of Mental Health Nursing in Dutch Asylums, 1890-1 920 GEER~E BOSCHMA Faculty of Nursing University of Alberta During the nineteenth century the social response toward problems created by mental illness profoundly changed in Western, industrializing countries. The new approach included the creation of large institutions and the establishment of based care for the mentally ill. Those who pioneered these new strategies usually were convinced that they exemplified progress and scientific advancement. Yet, even then critical voices noted that these new forms of carc were not without their own tensions. While focusing on day-to- day institutional care, this analysis of mental health nursing in Dutch asylums demonstrates that Western societies faced similar problems in caring for the mentally ill, experiencing a large gap between their ideals and reality.' Mental health nursing arose amid a changing medical and social context during the Iate nineteenth century. Psychiatrists established a new system of mental nurse training. Patient records depict the chasm between mental nurses' actual work experience and psychiatrists' aspirations for reform. The new somatic therapies and the mental nurse training psychiatrists introduced proved a poor match for the needs of the mentally ill. Background

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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