Encyclopedia of asylum therapeutics, 1750/1950s by Mary de Young

By Mary de Young

The mentally in poor health have continually been with us, yet as soon as restrained in associations their therapy has no longer continuously been of a lot curiosity or crisis. This paintings makes a case for why it's going to be. utilizing released reviews, reports, and private narratives of medical professionals and sufferers, this ebook finds how therapeutics have consistently been embedded of their specific social and ancient second, and the way they've got associated extant clinical wisdom, practitioner ability and the expectancies of sufferers who skilled their very own issues in numerous methods. Asylum therapeutics in the course of 3 centuries are specific in encyclopedic entries, together with "awakening" sufferers with firecrackers, easing mind congestion through bleeding, extracting tooth and excising components of the colon, dousing with water, elevating or decreasing physique temperature, stunning with electrical energy or pollutants, and penetrating the mind with ice alternatives

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Balance, and mental health, in other words, would then be restored. Although traditional humouralism had yielded slowly over time to new theories, and a new lexicon—nerves, fibers, brain congestion or inflammation, morbid action—asylum physicians remained loyal to both its logic and its therapeutics. Thus, the various techniques of counterirritation were used well into the nineteenth century, not just to treat melancholia and mania, but the growing list of their types and subtypes with which asylum patients were being diagnosed.

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