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The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840 to 1880, by Wendy Gonaver

The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840 to 1880, by Wendy Gonaver BOOK REVIEWS The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840 to 1880 By Wendy Gonaver (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Press, 2018) (266 pages; $90.00 hardcover; $32.95 paperback; $25.99 electronic) In The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, Wendy Gonaver provides important insight into modern American medicine by showing how race and slavery shaped early mental health treatment in the United States. The years 1840 to 1880 saw the rise of American Asylum Medicine and the struggle to end slavery. In this book Gonaver examines the relationship of these two developments through the histories of two asylums in Virginia: the Eastern Lunatic Asylum in Williamsburg and the Central L unatic Asylum in Petersburg. The Eastern Lunatic Asylum was founded in 1773 and was the first pub- lic asylum in the nation. In the early nineteenth century the number of pri- vate asylums grew, mostly located in the Northeast, while public institutions lagged in number. In the 1830s, the leaders of the American Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane and reformer Dorothea Dix led a national campaign to create state hospitals for people who could not afford private mental http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840 to 1880, by Wendy Gonaver

Nursing History Review , Volume 29 (1): 3 – Dec 24, 2020

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BOOK REVIEWS The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840 to 1880 By Wendy Gonaver (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Press, 2018) (266 pages; $90.00 hardcover; $32.95 paperback; $25.99 electronic) In The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, Wendy Gonaver provides important insight into modern American medicine by showing how race and slavery shaped early mental health treatment in the United States. The years 1840 to 1880 saw the rise of American Asylum Medicine and the struggle to end slavery. In this book Gonaver examines the relationship of these two developments through the histories of two asylums in Virginia: the Eastern Lunatic Asylum in Williamsburg and the Central L unatic Asylum in Petersburg. The Eastern Lunatic Asylum was founded in 1773 and was the first pub- lic asylum in the nation. In the early nineteenth century the number of pri- vate asylums grew, mostly located in the Northeast, while public institutions lagged in number. In the 1830s, the leaders of the American Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane and reformer Dorothea Dix led a national campaign to create state hospitals for people who could not afford private mental

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Dec 24, 2020

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