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Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum

Publication year: 2017

ISBN: 978-3-319-56714-3

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This book explores how the body was investigated in the late nineteenth-century asylum in Britain. As more and more Victorian asylum doctors looked to the bodily fabric to reveal the ‘truth’ of mental disease, a whole host of techniques and technologies were brought to bear upon the patient's body. These practices encompassed the clinical and the pathological, from testing the patient's reflexes to dissecting the brain.

Subject: History, History of Psychiatry, Mental health, Victorianism, Asylums in history, Incarceration, Social History History of Medicine, History of Psychology, History of Science