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Moral treatment reconsidered: some sociological comments on an episode in the history of British psychiatry

  • Andrew T. Scull (a1)


A reappraisal is offered of the precise sense in which the introduction of moral treats ment at the end of the eighteenth century marked a decisive shift in our characteristic ways of responding to and coping with the mentally disturbed. Some connections are explored between this new approach to the ‘mad’ and larger social movements and processes.


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1Address for correspondence: Dr Andrew Scull, Department of History, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA


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